We can buy cheap clothes. They get made for us in ways we can shut our minds to. As long as you can fit into one of the standard sizes, you can even wear cheap but designer-looking. It wasn’t always quite like this. Reprinted one year before the Indian Independence Act my copy of the Pictorial Guide to Modern Sewing has this to say
“Garments to be renovated or remodelled should be unpicked carefully; all threads must be removed and old seams pressed flat. Buttons and fastenings, etc., must be put away; they will be useful later.”
I think I already demonstrated I have enough stuff to clothe myself unto my dotage without any unpicking or remodelling the piles of other, pre-worn stuff, but if underarm shabbiness ever gets the better of me…………. there’s always this.