Narrator: Now listen to part of a lecture in a Sociology class on this topic.
Professor: I have an example from my own life that illustrates this.
When I first began my university studies,
I became friends with a bunch of art students.
They were older and fun and very creative,
and I thought they were really cool.
And they all like to dress really casually in T-shirts and jeans and sneakers,
and that's what they wore all the time, to class, to the library, to dinner, everywhere, T-shirts and jeans and sneakers.
So that's what I started wearing too.
And I fit right in, and I felt really cool.
But then I graduated, moved to Chicago and got a job.
And I started working with some really bright young people who'd already been working at the company for a few years,
who were already handling major responsibilities for the company, really impressive.
And sometimes some of us would get together on the weekend,
maybe for a concert or a baseball game or something.
And at first I just wear a T-shirt and jeans and sneakers.
And that was, you know, how I was used to dressing.
But I soon noticed that my coworkers preferred to dress up a little bit.
The men would wear a nice pair of pants, a button-up shirt.
The women might wear a fashionable dress and some nice shoes.
They dressed in clothes a lot nicer than what I was used to wearing.
Then I started thinking, you know, that looks really classy, really sharp.
And so I started to dress the same way they did,
You know, nicer, a little more formal.
And I don't know,
somehow my T-shirt and jeans and sneakers didn't seem as cool to me any more.