For the average elderly person, afternoon tea at a card party is a way to enjoy retirement. When duty calls, with the need to spend one's time productively, volunteering at the local nursing home or for the local charity may mean a couple of hours here or there helping the less fortunate every week for the retired lady who has earned a pension. Occasionally, we might see photos of Princess Kate, appearing at a fundraiser in an evening gown that looks expensive, like the silver sequin dress she wore about a week ago or so. Don't be surprised, however, to find that her "baby bump" is long gone, only to discover that she has chosen a dress showing off her figure to attend an affair meant to help the less fortunate. In Chicago, the trend has been for many women who have been out and about with their children and a "baby bump" to wear long, plain shirts tightly covering their abdomens.
How many stars or starlets have chosen to do charity work for the poor? For those of us who suffer vicariously for those who don't have a secure home with plenty of food, there seem to be numerous people who need the help of an organization to give aid to the poor. It is hard not to feel guilty when seeking a way to help the less fortunate. Those who are broke often have to accept help. The model in the photo, often donating her time to help those in need, has to find a bargain in order to justify her choice to buy something new, as has been the case when she chose to purchase her multicolor stretchy sequin top and her matching navy jeans with the sparkly accents, to wear for afternoon tea at a card party.
When Sandra Bullock chose not to have a baby of her own but to adopt her son instead, was it to help the poor in need? Had she wanted to avoid wearing maternity clothes in the past when she was young enough to bear children? One might wonder, and perhaps we will never know, but it is doubtful. When Christine Baumgartner Costner had her three children, did she worry about her figure? No, not from what the public could see. She had a look on her face in the photos that radiated pure happiness as she awaited the births of her children in photos of her expecting their births. For her and many others, what was fashionable was the outfit that showed off her "baby bump." When she buys new designer clothes, does she help the economy? One would think so.
So if you're hesitating at the thought of buying new clothes for fall, you might want to take a look at Evan Picone's designs and Ann Klein's clothes and accessories, if you're not pregnant. If you find that you have to have one of those royal blue sheaths featured this fall in the department stores, you might just need it. Perhaps you're planning a trip to Florida for a week with the family to visit Disney World if you can find a babysitter for your outing at a fancy restaurant with your little blue dress. Or, you might dress up with your family and find another tropical place, like Puerto Rico, and travel there in a pair of Michael Kors shoes that you bought at Lord&Taylor, in Chicago. And Chicago's fashion trends? Well, if you keep seeing women with those "baby bumps"and you're pregnant, you'll know you're not alone.