I wish to start my first post of 2015 with a great photo I came across online:
I created a Twitter account recently in order to send positive vibes to the world about disco pants. And this is a photo I found from last night’s festivities. How great to see both a girl and a guy wearing disco pants–probably American Apparel’s. That is certainly what I want to see more of. I want more guys to embrace disco pants and not give a damn what the fearful, boring, conformists out there think. You have to admit the guy in the photo looks absolutely great in those disco pants. Notwithstanding, the outfit would look better with Converse or Vans sneakers or Dr. Martens boots. But if guys in disco pants were to become more commonplace society in general would be more accepting of it. Funny how things work, eh? Things that are scarce or obscure or unusual are either treasured or despised or ridiculed. Things that considered ‘everyday’ are accepted or considered no big deal or even ignored. I only seek to have disco pants on guys considered no big deal.
Look how far we’ve come with guys in skinny jeans. There are plenty of closed-minded folks who still do not like that, and feel a need to proclaim it loud all over the web. But many guys have embraced it and are now wearing skinny jeans. Several years ago when I started wearing skinny jeans it was rare to see another guy wearing them. Now wherever I go I see at the very least one. That same sort of mindset that allowed so many guys to wear something that many other guys and even girls ridiculed needs to be implemented in order for disco pants on guys to take off. Will it happen? I don’t know but it will certainly be an uphill battle.
As for me, I hope to wear my disco pants collection more than the meager 10 times I did so in 2014. I’d like to make a goal of wearing them at least once somewhere other than church. I guess technically I have already done that. After a Sunday service once I walked with some of the other guys to a nearby store to buy some lottery. I blogged about this day on my post titled “26 & Counting”. I believe it was the most anyone outside of church has seen of me in disco pants.
But I want to make it less of an anomaly and more of commonplace thing. The goal is to have people see me and think “oh, that’s the guy who wears shiny, tight pants.” I want the novelty, the shock-value of disco pants on a guy to wear off. I want it to become normal–as skinny jeans have become.
I will end today’s post with another instance of disco pants on television. There is a current show called “Pretty Little Liars” with a character named Hanna. In an episode called “A is for A-L-I-V-E” from June 2013, Hanna Marin (played by Ashley Benson) is wearing cranberry red AA disco pants. I have briefly looked for any video of scenes where she is wearing this but to no avail yet. I’ll leave you with a few stills.
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So last evening I was wearing the AA disco pants for a bit. As tiny-looking and skintight as they appear, they sure are a super comfortable pair of pants. I was thinking they would be completely appropriate to wear to a party or a gathering at some friend’s place. They’re great for sitting on the floor in, too. No movement issues at all. Of course, I think the smallest pair I can fit into is a medium. The last size small that I tried getting into was a charcoal pair I bought on ebay. I tried putting them on but I gave up seeing there was no way I could get them up and buttoned/zipped without damaging them. Funny though, my small pair in black that I gave to my girl friend used to fit me fine. That pair was from 2009. Perhaps they are making them smaller now.
This medium that I still have I bought in late 2008 so they are 6 years old now. It was from the time that AA first started selling these pants. And I noticed yesterday when I had them on that around the seam in the crotch area it is starting to thin out. Mind you I have never worn these pants anywhere in public. I have just worn them for a few hours at a time at home whenever I’ve had the urge to do some photo shoots. So I’m a bit disappointed that they are starting to ‘crap out’ without ever having had the privilege of being worn out in public. That’s why I would like to get some more pairs before AA stops selling them, which I do suspect may be sooner than later as there already are certain colors/sizes that are no longer available. I have come to deeply appreciate AA’s modernized version of the disco pant over the years, but I would still feel less confident wearing them than the vintage ones. They still suffer from the tights/leggings syndrome which I am not against but fully embrace. It’s just a little more difficult to match up tops and shoes with leggings-style pants.
While we’re on the subject of AA disco pants, a reader of this blog has sent photos of his 3-tone disco pants for us to see. Here they are:
Looks great! They are certainly high-shine and the colors on the sides give the pants a bit of an athletic look to them. These and the 2-tones are very nice. Personally I would stay away from the printed ones. Those do nothing for me. The patterns seem to take away from the shine element of the pants which just destroys the concept of disco pants. If AA wants to start dropping their disco pants line they can start with the printed ones.
Well, that’s all for now. You can tell I’m going through a major spell of disco pants obsession lately as I have been blogging frequently about it.
Lately I have been on another frantic internet search for disco pants. Not necessarily to buy any but more along the lines of finding photos, tv programs and movies where they may have been worn. And I found a real unexpected treasure yesterday.
I don’t watch much modern programming on television. I just don’t care for much of anything it has to offer. However there is a current program titled “The Big Bang Theory” on network television, and there was an episode from 2010 where one of the main characters was wearing vintage disco pants!
This episode is titled “The Einstein Approximation” from early 2010. This is only a clip of the show and features a character named Howard wearing disco pants. He is not just wearing them as a fashion statement but rather because he and his friends were at a roller skating rink. I have not seen the whole half-hour show but in this clip above it is pretty obvious to me that Howard is wearing 2 different outfits. In the scenes back home he is wearing a greyish pair of disco pants and a sequined blue top, while in the scene at the rink he is wearing purple disco pants and a multi-colored top. Neither pair looks like American Apparel’s leggings-style disco pants. I will try to catch the entire episode wherever I can.
The point of course is that it is absolutely great to see a male character wearing spandex disco pants on national television. I would hope to see that catch on with more guys. But that particular episode was from over 4 years ago and I have not seen any change for the better. Furthermore, not being familiar with the show or the characters, my impression of Howard is that he is not the coolest or best-looking guy around. That could equate with disco pants being seen as a not-so-cool-item. It is great nonetheless to have something like that shown on such a large scale platform. It certainly introduces the idea that disco pants can be worn by guys, too. Here is a still of Howard in purple pants:
Any thoughts on this show or the pants Howard wore? Were any of you familiar with this episode? Was this perhaps the only instance of a male wearing disco pants on a TV show in the 2000’s? Comment below!
It’s Christmas Eve! Anyone out there expecting to receive disco pants as a Christmas gift? Well, I’m not but I am open to surprises. The problem is that most people who know me would not know where to get disco pants or what size to get. So it’s pretty safe to rule that out as a potential gift. But you never know.
Lately I have thinking so much about disco pants. And the last 2 evenings I have tried on my midnight navy pair and wow, they are so great! I paired them with a few different tops and they are just amazing. Reaffirms my belief that disco pants truly are the best pants ever made. And this midnight navy is a brand new pair, newly made and never worn by anyone but me. There is something special to that. The vintage, pre-loved ones are awesome without question, but there is something to be said about a brand new pair.
As I wrote, I have been thinking very much about disco pants recently. So much so that this past night I dreamt I had a job in an office/warehouse environment and I was wearing my vintage silver/lilac Le Gambi disco pants–a pair I no longer have. I remember walking around and moving around a lot and even feeling a bit self-conscious in them. Yet it felt great to be in them even if some people were looking at them a bit too much. But it did seem to be a world much less caring as to what I wore and I seemed not to care much what anyone thought either. I don’t remember ever dreaming so vividly about being in disco pants before.
I probably dreamt about this particular pair because I set a photo of myself in them as my profile pic on social media, and every time I go on my page I see it. The reason I do not have these pants anymore is because I sold them along with a few others to someone who wanted to buy. This was one pair I had never worn publicly. They were quite possibly the 2nd tightest pair I owned at the time. They were absolutely awesome but I felt they almost fit like leggings. I think they were a size 0. They were still looser around the ankles but were gripping the calves a bit. Being super tight and a lighter color they also made some things more noticeable, like whether you were wearing anything underneath them or not. Sure I wish I could have kept them as part of my collection. But I have plenty of pics of myself in them so I was able to let them go.
Be sure to let me know if any of you get disco pants for Christmas, be it as a gift from someone else or from yourself!
“The Ropers” television show was a spinoff from “Three’s Company” tv show back in the late 70’s. While “Three’s Company” was hilarious and a major success, “The Ropers” was not so much and lasted only 22 episodes, less than 2 full seasons. The series ended on a high note however, as the 22nd episode, titled “Mother’s Wake” from May of 1980 featured a recurring character named Debbie Hopper–played by Lois Hamilton (Areno)– in black spandex disco pants. And we got to see a good amount of Debbie in her shiny disco pants. The episode centers on a party so everyone is a bit dressed up. Lois Hamilton passed away in 1999 at the age of 56. But that episode is definitely worth watching if you can find it. I’ve looked all over the internet for it without success.
As far as I can remember, “Three’s Company” featured only 2 episodes where anyone was wearing disco pants. I was confident there were more but I can only remember these 2, and I’ve seen every episode multiple times. The first one is titled “The New Landlord” from September 1979 has an early scene where Larry is at the Regal Beagle and a blue disco pants clad woman walks in and he immediately goes after her. We get to see a close, full body shot of her amazing pants. However, she is wearing a similarly colored top and it is covering a good portion of the pants. But her pants are the epitome of how they should fit: skintight waist to knees and then looser but not bell-bottomed or flared from the knees down to the hems. See for yourself. Watch the video below right at the 4:35 mark.
The 2nd episode, titled “Oh, Nun” from January of 1982 featured a long final scene in a diner/bar with a woman in the background sitting at the bar. She was wearing black disco pants. Not really a great scene for disco pants lovers. Definitely not as good as the first episode I mentioned. Check it out below.
That’s all the disco pants I can remember from this series. A bit disappointing that there were only 2 episodes in 7 full seasons, considering that this show ran concurrent with the height of disco pants popularity. I do recall Chrissy wearing some shiny red pants a couple of times but I’m not convinced those were disco pants. If any of you remember any episodes of Three’s Company that had disco pants I would love to hear about it.
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A funny story from my younger years…..
When I was a young kid I was pretty obsessed with disco pants whenever I saw them on tv. I remember at one point after having seen them, I decided i was going to try to make me a pair. Mind you, I had no idea what these pants were called or what they were made from. My sister called them ‘silk pants’ so that’s what I thought they were called. Anyway, I needed something shiny to make the pants from. And something colored. And something large enough that could be made into a pair of pants. Well, I decided on a garbage bag! Yes, I ‘borrowed’ a new, black garbage bag from the kitchen and now I was set to make me some skintight shiny pants. How was I going to put a button and zipper on these pants I had no idea. I would worry about that later. First I had to work on making sure the bag fit like a second skin around my legs.
Needless to say, that whole project did not go very far. I cut up the bag and tried using tape, but naive as I was at the time I didn’t realize that a plastic bag would stretch out and rip easily. I don’t even know what I ended up doing with that bag. Perhaps it’s somewhere in the garage in my boxes of ‘old’ stuff.
Of course I was bummed. I couldn’t ask anyone for help. I couldn’t even talk about my skintight shiny pants obsession with anyone. It was too weird for a kid and probably still too weird for an adult. But we have the internet now where we can talk about ANYTHING. Not only is the internet good for that but it has also allowed me to build a collection of disco pants several decades after I tried mindlessly making my own.
Some people may say I have a spandex disco pants addiction. Maybe I do, maybe I don’t. But even if I do I can sure think of worse things to be addicted to. At least this is an article of clothing–clothing being something we all need–and I can always sell them for whatever reason.