How an American Classic made it through May…

American Classic – Day 30


Our pig gives this outfit a thumbs down…

For me, it is with great relief that May is coming to a close.  American Classic and I just never clicked.  I never felt really embarrassed to be in the clothes like I did with Mod, or felt like I was pretending to be someone else like I did with Rock and Roll.  I just felt sort of blah the whole month – like I might as well have been wearing a beige factory jumpsuit all day.  Here I go, off to my job at the cannery!  Gee, I hope I get to work in the sardine room today

The reason for this is that American Classic clothes are meant to be simple – the perfect white silk shirt, the understated camel-colored blazer, an elegant strand of pearls – but they’re not simple like, I simply found them at the thrift store.  They are simple like, I used Daddy’s credit card to buy four Armani suits.  How simple is that?

The American Classic that I really admire is just way too expensive and nice for my lifestyle.  After all, I don’t spend my days picking out fine wines, I spend my days picking up kids from school and goat testicles out of our yard.

My mom lifestyle is best suited for the next level down of American Classic – The “Lands End” look.   Polo shirts, Bermuda shorts and Velcro sandals…  I know this style is great on a lot of women, but I just end up looking like a P.E. teacher.  Just put a whistle around my neck and show me where I need to set up the obstacle course.

I certainly would never have figured any of this out if I hadn’t tried the style.  I really encourage everyone to do this.  If you’re interested in a style and can easily and affordably find it in your area, try it out.   Once you live in the clothes you will discover so much about yourself and what works for you.  And it takes a little bit of time.  I didn’t understand why American Classic didn’t work for me until at least halfway through the month.  I just assumed this style was a slam-dunk for me considering my location (America!) and my looks (white person!)  Even when I was in it I couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working.  I couldn’t see the forest for the trees.  Or in fashion terms, I couldn’t see the closet for the clothes…


So, my style quest continues and I’m really happy about that.  As a mom, it’s so interesting to search for something about me.  It’s exciting to “not know”.  And It’s just plain fun just to wonder




  • Angela says:

    I just have to say, I’ve been counting down the days to June because I can’t wait to see what’s next ;) I’m seriously enjoying your sense of humor!

  • Nicki Jones says:

    I’m so excited to see what’s next!! LOVE your blog :)

  • alice says:

    I’m so glad I found your blog. Our lifestyles are completely different (I’m a childless, 30-something scientist) but I love your sense of humor and I feel like I’m getting to know all these different styles through your experiment. I’m also amazed by how you really look so dramatically different just by putting on different clothes, very eye-opening. I thought you looked great in rock-n-roll (you have a fabulous figure) and Euro chic.

    • My Year of Fabulous says:

      Thanks, Alice! Thanks for finding my blog and commenting. I find the experiment so interesting too — I really feel differently in all the different styles. And I am treated differently as well! I never expected that.

  • Jen says:

    Can’t wait to see what’s next!

  • atoopfitness says:

    I think you are right about cost. Only the higher priced items have decent fabric or fit. Typically at least.

  • JoulesDellinger says:

    It’s comments like this that make me wish you were my friend in real life: “I just assumed this style was a slam-dunk for me considering my location (America!) and my looks (white person!)” Oh and the goat testicles. Can’t forget about the goat testicles.

    As a reader, it was easy to tell that the American Classic style didn’t work for you. You just never looked “at home” in the clothes. Even with the Rock and Roll style, which at times could be kinda saucy, you looked like you were at least having fun with it.

    Can’t wait to see what’s next! =)

    • My Year of Fabulous says:

      Thanks so much! By the way, are you interested in taking the Proust Fashion questionnaire? You seem to have a very interesting style…

      • JoulesDellinger says:

        LOL, not quite as interesting as when I was in college with purple streaked hair, belly shirts and a chain through my navel ring. =)

        Sure, I’d love to take the questionnaire. You can reach me at pocketfulofjoules (at)

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