Disco Pants Attitudes

A month since I’ve written! Sorry, disco pants fans. I’m just managing several online projects and they’re all time-consuming. Unfortunately, none are very profitable at the moment.

A few evenings ago I wore the amazing midnight navy (newly made) Le Gambi spandex disco pants to a sort of celebration/dinner event. I paired the pants with jacket, tie, vest, shirt and Converse sneakers. I think the outfit looked very good and the designer of the pants agrees.

The reaction to the pants was rather low-key, as was expected. But I know that everyone noticed them. One person touched the pants. Another commented that I was wearing ‘tight jeans’ which was a relatively accurate statement. After all, these pants are known to some as spandex disco jeans.

This was also the first time I ever wore disco pants where I kept my shirt tucked into them. And I left my jacket open. I think it just looks better overall if one is dressing a bit more formally to tuck the shirt in the pants. Also I had been really inspired by a Leif Garrett video (Memorize Your Number) where he was wearing navy blue disco pants and he had his button-up long sleeved shirt tucked into his pants. I really liked how it looked on him. And even though he was really thin at the time, the shirt does tend to pull itself a bit up and out from the pants creating a ‘muffin top’ look. And that’s the main reason I never wanted to tuck any shirt in. I’m not as thin as he was so I didn’t need that extra muffin-top look created by the shirt pulling out. But after I saw the effect on him I thought to myself that I could get away with that as well. So I tried it and it went well. Now if I had not been wearing a jacket, I’m not sure I would have kept the shirt tucked in. And I guess another main reason for that–maybe even the real main reason–is the fear of revealing too much.

Let’s be honest: if disco pants are worn correctly–meaning pretty much skintight–they completely outline the shape of your bum. In the 1970s and 1980s that was fine. Everyone–guys and girls alike–mostly wore jeans that did that. It was accepted as not only sexy but stylish. Now, just 25-35 years later it’s still fine for women but not so much for men, though from what I understand women would like to see it more on men. Additionally, properly fitting disco pants on men can be revealing up in front as well. Personally I’m not interested in revealing anything of that nature to anyone. I just want the pants to be on display. They’re a pretty amazing article of clothing and they deserve to be seen in their entirety just as a nice pair of slacks or a designer raw-denim pair of jeans should.

One thing I’ve been wondering lately is where folks actually could go to purchase disco pants when they first came out. I was way too young to be able to get or even wear any during their heyday. In fact the youngest people I’ve ever seen wear them were Menudo who were about 14 or 15 in disco pants. And what about high school guys who were fans of Leif Garrett and/or Shaun Cassidy? I’m sure there were plenty of guys who wanted to be like those 2 and probably even went so far as to buy and wear disco pants to impress the girls. From what I’ve read online, girls/women pretty much drooled over those 2 in their tight spandex pants. Do any readers of this blog have any answers or personal memories regarding these questions? I would love to read any stories you could share.

On that subject, how did teen guys view Leif Garrett and Shaun Cassidy? Was it similar to today’s culture, where it seems most guys hate the current teen idol–Justin Bieber–or did  they look up to them and were influenced by their music and dress, etc.? I would love to know what the thinking was at that time. Personally, if I were junior high or high school age during that time I would have tried to imitate how those guys dressed. Not so much to try to attract girls, though that would have been a side benefit, but as an excuse to wear disco pants. I can’t imagine the reaction showing up on the first day of school of 12th grade, per say, wearing black spandex disco pants, a black leather jacket and with long shaggy hair! I’m convinced those two guys’ styles had to have impacted and influenced millions of teen guys.

I’ll leave you with this awesome photo of Shaun Cassidy performing live in 1979 in what appears to be black disco pants. This is a great shot and actually better than any I have found online of Leif in such pants. Enjoy!

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XL AA Disco Pants

Regarding the last post where I was selling pair of vintage black disco pants–they have been sold and are no longer available.

Over the weekend I received a wonderful new pair of midnight navy Le Gambi disco pants. After seeing and owning a pair of American Apparel’s midnight navy disco pants I am sure glad to have one in this color and in the traditional fit. Plus the material is top rate and even smoother looking and smoother feeling than typical disco pants. As a result of the smoother texture, the stretch factor is a little less forgiving and the overall fit a bit more rigid. Well worth the trade off in my opinion. The nylon/spandex fabric is of a higher quality and I’m quite fortunate to have 2 pairs of these amazing pants in my possession at the moment. Looking forward to wearing for the first time.

I may have mentioned that I bought a pair of AA’s disco pants in black size XL. At 30% off I just had to. Regular price is $85 so if you can get them for $59 you may as well jump at the chance. Anyway, the first time I tried them on they felt very large and loose. I’ve seen several photos online of guys wearing AA’s disco pants and they all seem to have one thing in common: they are rather loose fitting in comparison to how women wear theirs. I guess I can understand the hesitancy on their part to go all out and skintight with these pants, but as I have been told by American Apparel associates they are meant to be form-fitting and men can wear them. Guys do wear meggings nowadays and for the most part, based on the photos I’ve seen, the fit is skintight. Meggings and disco pants are both comfortable, non-restrictive pants so I don’t completely understand the desire to wear them looser than form-fitting.

So getting back to my XL’s. I tried them on again last night and I would feel a lot more comfortable going out and about in them than I would in my mediums. The medium fits completely skintight and though I prefer the fit this way it would definitely make for a more harrowing experience going out in public in them. And maybe that’s how these other guys who wear disco pants feel too. Perhaps they want to go tighter but the self-consciousness makes it prohibitive. And maybe they can’t really afford to get multiple sizes to experiment with seeing how many of them appear to be in college. Well, I can’t afford it either but the medium I bought almost 5 years ago and the XL just recently.

Thus, my real issue now is whether I return this XL for a large or not. Though quite comfortable physically and mentally, they do feel loose and in certain photos I took extra material can be seen draped as opposed to hugging the body. While in other photos the pants look form-fitting as they should be. Ideally I would like to keep this pair and send in for a large as well. But if I choose that route I would have to wait for their next 30% off sale. But let me share some photos that display the looseness of the pants first.

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So in those 2 photos you can see the overall looseness around the crotch and bum of the pants. In this next photo, you can again see the looseness around the bum, but if you look at the image in the mirror it looks like a form-fitting, perfect fit:

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This last photo shows just how loose the pants really are. I wouldn’t mind them being looser in the calves but not in the upper areas.

Now a few pics that show the pants fitting as they should, tight:

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So these last 3 photos give the impression that the pants fit skintight. But they don’t really. So I’m really torn as to what to do. Shall I keep them or exchange them? I could exchange them completely free of cost to me. Maybe I’ll try them a few more times with some different tops and other shoes. If any of you would like to offer an opinion I would be glad to hear it!

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Black Frederick’s of Hollywood Disco Pants For Sale

Here’s a look at an awesome pair of vintage Frederick’s of Hollywood brand of spandex disco pants:

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So much more versatile than the modern AA version and its copycats. And much more gender-friendly.

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XL Disco Pants Too Big

Got my size XL American Apparel disco pants in black today. They do fit pretty loose. They’re still tighter than any pants most guys would wear, but compared to any of the disco pants I already have they are by far the loosest. Against the advice of 2 out of 3 AA sales associates, I chose the size XL. I imagined they would be loose but these turned out looser than I thought. And though super comfortable, they are a little less fun to wear. So I will send back and exchange for a L.

I have come across photos and/or videos online of guys sporting AA disco pants. And from what I could tell based on the photos they were all wearing looser fitting versions. For example. a video I posted here some time ago feature a young guy named Kian showing how he styles the pants. Though he looked great in them and wore them well it certainly looked like there was a bit of loose material up at top and he surely could have sized down a bit. A couple of other guys on fashion websites were also wearing looser fitting disco pants. It’s great that more guys are wearing them but there appears to still linger a fear of going tighter with these pants on their part. And there’s no real need to as they are super comfortable even in smaller sizes. I used to have a pair in size S and though they were totally skintight on me they were super comfy and were not restrictive in any way. My old pair in size M is also skintight and I really couldn’t tell any difference between it and the size S. Both felt perfect. I’m hoping the size L will fit more snug than the XL but definitely looser than the M. I’m pretty sure these pants have been redesigned a few times so it’s quite possible the newly made size M’s don’t fit like the first-run M’s did. My current size M is from way back when AA first started selling these babies. So there could be variances in sizing. I’ll let you know as soon as I get my new L’s!

I may snap a few fit pics of these XL’s before returning them so stay tuned.

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First For 2014

So after 5 months of not wearing disco pants I finally wore some last evening. I wore the black Le Gambi #1. And I’m glad to say I wore them confidently. There was nothing out of the ordinary. No comments. No looks that I noticed. A couple of guys who never saw me in them before got the chance to see them. One of them came up to me and said “nice pants.” One interesting thing I have observed is that guys will actually talk or say something about them to me. I mean, most of the guys are used to seeing the pants so they don’t even care to say anything anymore. But girls don’t say anything at all. I think they probably look in wonder but they don’t say anything. It’s too bad because I’d be willing to talk to anyone about disco pants as it is one of my favorite things to talk and think about.

Not sure when the next wearing will be but I’m hopeful for sometime in April, which will mark the 2 year anniversary that I started wearing this awesome article of clothing. Want to start wearing the other colors I have as well.

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XL AA Disco Pants & First Wearing of ’14

So I did it. I ordered another pair of black disco pants from American Apparel. This time an XL. Hey, I had a 30% off discount code so that brings their price down to about $59. Not bad at all. It’s already been shipped so should get them pretty soon. I’m very curious to see how XL will fit. If I don’t like it I’ll just exchange for another size and/or color.

Looks like today I’ll be wearing disco pants for the first time this year and first time since last October when I wore my black Jonden’s. I’m looking forward to it. I had 2 opportunities last month to wear them but it was really frigid and you can’t really wear anything underneath them for extra warmth. Plus I had gotten out of the mode of wearing them on a regular basis which honestly affected my confidence a bit. When I first started sporting them I had gotten up to 6 times per month (to the same place) which made it quickly become less of a spectacle. Now of course it feels almost like starting over though I know some people do expect to see me in them. There will be others though who are not familiar with that look and will probably stare. Well, they are nice pants and even though I’ve seen them so many times I would still stare if I saw someone in them too. They’re just uncommon. Almost like a novelty. I can’t help but look at the girl who I gave a pair to whenever she wears them. I try to keep myself from staring though because I don’t want to be caught doing so. If people stare because they’re fascinated by the pants then it’s fine. But if they stare because they’re thinking ‘gross’ or ‘only women should wear that’ then it’s more bothersome. That’s just something we all have to get over, I guess; they have to get over their preconceived notions of what certain people can and cannot wear and accept that it’s one of the aspects of living in a free society. There are places less free in that respect where manner of dress is completely dictated by law. And of course I have to get over trying to figure out what people are thinking or even caring what they think for that matter. The people who like what you’re wearing will tell you. And some have told me. Those who don’t and are polite will not tell you. Those who are rude and obnoxious will say something rude and obnoxious to make themselves feel better about some deficiency in their lives. Fortunately, where I wear my disco pants to, the only people I deal with are the ones who like the pants or don’t but are polite.

It’s actually a bit interesting when there are people there who’ve never seen me (or anyone probably) wearing disco pants. It’s fuuny to follow the direction of their eyes down to your legs. I mentioned previously about a teen guy who saw me in them and even said “Woah!” as he just made no effort to hide that he was gawking at my pants. That was pretty cool actually and I would have loved to talk to him about the pants if he wanted to. He was wearing some pretty skinny jeans himself so obviously he’s interested in fashion. What I don’t like dealing with is stupid giggling. Or comments about sexuality, which I have not heard to this point and don’t expect to.

Oh well, if anything novel should happen I’ll write about.

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Midnight Le Gambi Disco Pants

Today was the first time I wore my new Emu Australia boots. Wore them with a pair of dark blue Levi’s 501. The jeans were wide enough to be worn over the boots. Waiting for the right moment to wear a pair of skinny jeans or the like tucked inside the boots.

The midnight navy Le Gambi disco pants I had been waiting on are absolutely amazing. Super high quality and super smooth-feeling and looking. Definitely the best one yet! And the color is so rich. I can see myself making plenty of good use out of these. In fact, a second pair is not out of the question. Highly, highly recommended. Just a couple of pics to give you an idea:

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That particular pair is a bit smaller than I ideally prefer but they look and feel great regardless. Color goes with anything and everything. Definitely a go-to pair!

Lately I haven’t bought any others. At the moment I am very content with my collection. Yes, there are a few more colors I would like to get but they shall prove to be very difficult to find. Bright green, burgundy and charcoal are the ones particularly on my radar.

I’ve been thinking about AA’s disco pants a lot lately and they are very nice. I still would like to get some additional pairs in several other colors. At the moment I only have 1 medium pair in black. I would like to get another in XL just to see how loose they fit overall. I tried mine on last night and they’re very comfortable and shiny. They look great with my Doc Martens boots or with Vans sneakers.

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I like the streamlined look with the boots. But I also like the contrast of the shiny black with the lighter colored sneakers.

In all honesty, they really are just super skinny jeans that are really shiny and stretchy. It helps if you are also rather skinny but IT’S NOT NECESSARY! This medium pair is molded to my legs so I would love to see how an XL would fit. I know that jeans for guys that fit like this is hard to find but they do exist so there’s nothing wrong with guys wearing these. And I would wear these regularly if others didn’t treat them as such a spectacle. But for the time being I will keep wearing my traditional straight leg pairs. I wish I had a devil-may-care attitude when it comes to dressing how I want, but I am still trying to get over the heavy-handed conditioning that society instills into everyone nearly from birth. I really admire those who absolutely don’t care what others think when it comes to clothing. That’s how I’m working to become but it’s a long and arduous process. One thing I love about Nudie jeans is that they claim they make jeans neither for men nor for women. Their jeans are for anyone and everyone to wear. That’s a great philosophy yet I see many online stores selling Nudie jeans exclusively as women’s. Why ignore and modify the designer’s original intent? I guess I’m not the only one struggling societal conditioning….

 

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