Erin's Style Chronicles: The REAL Beginning of My New Wardrobe (Plus Big Butts--A Gift and a Curse?) / by Erin Baynham

Erin's Style Books

I Have No Clothes.

It's true. I've stepped out of my "working in the relaxed lab" to corporate America. I went into my closet and looked at my inventory.  Even so, I own 2 pairs of jeans that have no holes, bleach marks, or rips on the bottom. At the end of the day, I hate feeling like I have nothing to wear when I really do have nothing to wear. I'm also trying to figure out the line between "my pants are too tight" and "this is my butt, I'm going to embrace it".

I love to look good, but I really hate shopping. I don't get excited to try clothes on, but I read fashion blogs every day! As you can see, I posted pictures of most of my fashion books. Maybe I like clothes more than I thought.

There are three sources that I'll be using to upgrade my closet:

1. Commander in Chic: Every Woman's Guide to Managing Her Style Like a First Lady

2. The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own

3. A Personalized list by Justin J., of

I am very excited for Justin's list because as an old coworker, he saw the way my clothes would fit, and would honestly say "girl, you need to start running" or "oh my gosh girl I love that" or  "Erin, throw that in the trash".

Favorite Fashion Brands

These are the places that I tend to purchase from, or check on every once and awhile for a good deal.

J.Crew / Banana Republic / Kohl's / Kenneth Cole / SUNO / Diane Von Furstenburg / Levi's / Tory Burch / ASOS / Aldo

My Challenge--My Body

Scandalous Beauty Wears DVF

I'm truly curvy. Really. I'm a 36D up top, and If I had a smaller butt, I'd likely be a size 8. My butt, however, should probably be a 12.  In all honesty, I have gained about 20 pounds in the last 2 years, but I love my body now more than ever. Of course, there's some toning that needs to be done, and with the help of my awesome Pinterest exercise board, everything should come along nicely!

When I saw this Diane Von Furstenburg at Last Call Neiman Marcus, I damn near ran to fitting room to try it on! I am absolutely obsessed with wearing prints, and this silk dress won me over instantly. I took a size 8 in with me, but I know DVF's clothes aren't made for curves, so I took a 10 just in case. The entire point of the trip to the mall was to purchase work clothes. I thought this particular outfit would look great with a blazer, belt and pair of heels. But oh, getting it around my hips and tail was the first challenge. As you see, my butt has filled the dress to capacity. I don't know if you can see the front, but the stomach area is a bit baggy. Obviously, this dress will not be a contender for a work appropriate outfit. A night out, however......