When I was in seventh grade, my social studies teacher told my class that we cared too much about the brand names on our jeans. He said kids looked down on those who wore cheaper versions such as Plain Pockets.
As it turned out, I was wearing Plain Pockets that day. I sank in my chair.
But my teacher wasn't singling me out, as I feared. I noticed later that he wore Plain Pockets corduroys.
Many like to say that they are non-conformists. But when it comes to standards of dress, nearly everyone likes to blend in.
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