Where are all the decent clothes?

Back-to-school shopping lists consist of two major types of items: supplies and clothes. I’m home-schooled, so I don’t have to worry about any big shopping trips. The supplies part of back-to-school shopping I can understand; the clothes part is a mystery to me.
Again, I’m home-schooled, so maybe I don’t understand the world of fashion or the social conventions on acceptable school clothing. But home-schoolers wear clothes, too. I thought that the goal of clothes-shopping was to find something decent to wear. At least, that’s my aim when I go clothes shopping. That aim is becoming harder for me to carry out:

Recently, my jeans developed holes at the knees, so I went shopping. I expected my trip to be simple: Find a nice-looking pair of jeans that fit. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to buy clothes. But apparently, you need phenomenal patience: I just could not find the right pair of jeans.
Was I lost in a sea of denim, unable to choose a pair because there were so many? No. There were a manageable number of jeans. The sea of clothes is in the women’s department.
Was I torn between two amazing pairs of jeans? No. It was the jeans that were torn: pre-faded jeans, and jeans with holes already in them.
My problem: None of the jeans fit me.
I believe I went to two stores that afternoon, and I gave up in the end: I got a pair that fit my waist but were too long for me. Even though I am in the middle in clothes sizes, I ought to be able to find at least a few pairs of jeans that fit me.
And then there were the worn-out jeans. I don’t know if any of those would have fit me because I didn’t try them on. I can’t speak for anyone else, but I buy new clothes because my old ones are old and worn. Why would I buy pre-ruined clothes?
Why not wear something that looks decent? I just finished taking a summer class at Penn State York. Every class session, I wore a pair of shorts (either denim or khaki) and a regular T-shirt (sometimes a collared shirt). So did almost everyone else in the class. It shouldn’t be any harder than that. The more “fashionable

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