Finding quality, style and the latest looks for the sartorial-conscious, full-figured woman has not always been as easy as a stop at the neighborhood department store. "It's really frustrating finding beautiful things once you get to Size 14. But it is out there," assures Betsy Hatfield. In the mid-'80s, Hatfield had a boutique but closed it when the economy soured. Now she's back with two partners, former customers Sharon Meyers and Anne Welch, who had long pestered her to return to retail. More Than Enough opened last month in the Tustin French Quarter, fully embracing the trio's attitude toward clothes. "For too long, full-figured women have been told to wear dark colors and tents," Hatfield says. "But we aren't shapeless. We have figures." Indeed, they recognize that there are petite and tall full-figured women, too. The inviting shop stocks Carol Anderson Collection II, GJG Originals, W, Lida Caputo, Chez and many others, in addition to accessories that are gaining fans among those under Size 14. Private modeling, trunk shows and image workshops are among the services offered. There's even an area for men to relax and read while they wait for their mates. The store is open daily, except Sundays when it's by appointment only.
While fall clothes come in cashmere, mohair, wool felt, chenille and imitation fur, hats are following suit in like fabrics. Whether it's a mohair cloche or a felt brim trimmed with faux leopard, Casey Bush of the Millinery Information Bureau says, "it's all about texture." The trend reflects the growing importance of hats as more than accessories. "The new hats have lots of curves, wrinkles and bumps," Bush says. The up-side, she adds, is that many of the fall fabrics are more malleable and in softer shapes, making them travel better.
Pin Up (and On) Art
The trouble with art sometimes is the cost. Auctions are usually out of range for most adults; most children are not learning about art because of shrinking school budgets. Enter events such as the one Saturday at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center. Miniature works of art that double as pins (above) will be auctioned for bids starting at $15. Proceeds will benefit the Fullerton School District's Foundation for the Arts, an independent, volunteer-run organization dedicated to ensuring that art is an intrinsic part of every student's education. The foundation's "All the Arts for All the Kids" provides trained experts to teach lessons in art, dance, music and drama to the 9,000 district students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Eighty local and national artists donated more than 100 pins for the fund-raiser. "Their goodness is overwhelming," says foundation president Lauralyn Eschner. "The volunteers and artists are people who believe strongly in the arts and exposing them to our children."