Disco Pants Workout & Disco Pants Hate

All around the web I read girls/women that say see other girls/women go to the gym in disco pants. Either that or they say that they themselves will wear disco pants to the gym. I imagine that in most cases it’s a matter of not being able to distinguish between AA’s pants and shiny lycra running tights. I doubt most anyone would wear the thick AA pants to go work out in. I personally don’t recommend it either. You don’t want to get $80 pants all sweaty. Isn’t that how rusty zippers go about happening? Furthermore the very fact that they are thicker means that that they will make you hotter and you will sweat more in them. However, if you get some of the cheap dupes out there, they are a lot thinner and you might be able to use them to work out in. At the end of the day it’s still a matter of do you want to get your disco pants all sweaty no matter how much you paid for them. Personally, the only reason I would accept for getting my spandex disco pants sweaty is from playing live music in a band setting.

Now in the case that some people actually do wear or want to wear shiny disco pants to the gym, I will admit that they are a very comfortable option for making plenty of movements in. And for the most part, no one will really know that they are disco pants. Except me. You can’t fool my disco pants radar. I imagine that anyone considering throwing their disco pants out–perish the thought!–could find a second life for them at the gym. Because to tell you the truth I still haven’t found ANY disco pants at the thrift stores I go to. Not vintage ones, not AA ones not other brands of modern ones. So they are still a rare item. Of course I only go to thrift stores on average about once or twice a week. And I honestly don’t have the patience to go through all the racks of women’s pants in order to find any. Or actually the people who go with me don’t have the patience to wait for me to go through all the racks of women’s pants. Funny thing is, I used to be very hesitant to look at women’s clothing in these stores. Now I don’t care anymore. I see plenty of women always going through the men’s racks and they don’t care. Thus, neither do I care anymore about being seen going through the women’s clothing racks.

Another thing I see a lot on the web are younger girls/women making statements like “Disco pants are so 2012.” Or “Disco pants belong back in 2013.” I know it shouldn’t but that kind of talk angers me. Why? Because I’m passionate about disco pants, naturally. But the reason I should not let it bother me is because the ones saying these things are nothing more than trend-followers who wear what celebrities tell them to wear. That’s all they are. When their favorite celeb’s stop wearing a certain item of clothing then they must stop, too.  I hate to use the term but they are nothing more than sheeple. They don’t really like or dislike anything. They are followers in the ultimate sense of the word. They never really liked disco pants in the first place. They only got a pair because Demi Lovato wore them at her concerts. Or they saw their favorite actress-idol on a TV show wearing them. Once those icons of Hollywood stops wearing them they do too and try to pretend they cannot believe they wore disco pants “all those years ago.” Even worse are the ones who command others to not wear disco pants at this late year of 2015! Talk about fashion nazis. They cannot think for themselves yet here they are trying to tell others what to wear or what not to wear. But that’s how sheeple are, aren’t they? Just obey orders and pass them along to others without ever questioning. Incredibly annoying. I believe these are people who suffer from celebrity-worship syndrome and lack any self-confidence from within. Their facade of self-confidence is derived from the exterior in the form of material goods. I would daresay these individuals have nothing going for themselves but their pretty faces and trim bodies. And we all know how long those things last.

I see plenty of girls/women particularly on Twitter who tweet about getting their first pair of disco pants now! Yes, in 2015. I read some who are saving up to get a pair. This is not a dead trend. Disco pants are alive and well. Sure, they may have reached their peak in 2012-13 but AA introduced them in 2008 and here they are still going strong in 2015. The period of 2012-13 was when all the sheeple got theirs. The authentic folk got theirs early on, as I did, or are getting them now or are still wearing them after the peak period.

I also blame the negativity mostly on teeny high school girls who are nothing short of fickle-minded and immature. But that is not to completely exonerate college-age and later 20-somethings who still have a high school mentality. My attitude is let people wear whatever the hell they want whether you like it or not. Well, ‘let’ is not a good word since they don’t really have the power to allow or disallow. How about just ‘keep your hateful authoritarian opinions to yourself instead of publishing them for the world to see.’ Disco pants rock and are here to stay. So get over it and go look for your next trend to follow, which you most certainly will bash once your celebrity-gods tell you to do so.

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Chinese Disco Pants Size XL

My 2 Chinese disco pants finally came in yesterday and I was glad for it. My first pair of black ones has those overstretched lines that develop on the crotch seam and are getting longer each time I put the pants on. My 2nd pair has a busted zipper. So I welcomed my 3rd pair in large as well as my 1st pair in X-large.

Upon someone’s advice I ordered an XL and I’m pretty happy with the result. I figure since it is somewhat looser it should last longer. It does fit a little looser around the crotch, bum and knees but still a skintight fit as it should be. I’m pretty sure I will have shorts made out of an XL pair. I have to make sure to order a few more pairs. Hey, at this price you cannot lose, right? When American Apparel lowers the price on their black ones to about $30 then I’ll get some of them, too.

I’m not sure if I will get the other colors this Chinese vendor has. As I learned when I got the grey ones, they are noticeably thinner, shorter and tighter fitting when compared to the same size in black. Here are photos from the seller:

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The top photos are of the actual pants they sell and you will get when you buy. The bottom photos, though on their ebay page, are clearly American Apparel’s disco pants as evidenced by the rounded pockets and their higher placement. I guess they have no reservations about using AA’s photos even though it is not the exact product they are selling.

Regardless, if I were a girl I would buy these up in every color and just wear them all the time. I mean why even wear any other kind of pants? The occasional skinny jean or jegging is fine. But these are great for spring, summer and fall. For winter I would just get some leather leggings.

On my black size large I measured the rise to be 13 inches. That is pretty darn long and if you do manage to wear them all the way up, the button and zipper tend to sit way up high which worn with a longer top tends to give the impression that you’re wearing regular shiny leggings or lycra tights. Were it not for the pockets. As I wrote they are positioned somewhat lower on the back as compared to AA’s so they are more visible on the behind.

I still highly recommend these pants. Don’t get them absolutely skintight though because they will not last. Any size you get will be a little difficult to get your feet through but from then on it should not be a struggle to pull them up and button/zip them. If it is they are too tight and will probably last only one wearing. I would not dare go to a size medium at this time. I will stick with large and X-large. I may try one more pair in a different color but in size XL just to see how the fit compares. Probably go with royal blue.

Here’s a measurement chart they provide:

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That’s all for now.

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Disco Pants to a Wedding?

I may have a wedding to attend sometime in the near future. It will not not be one of those typical church wedding & reception celebration type deals. It will most likely be an all-church event with the service and celebration taking place in the one locale. And obviously if I am able to attend I am seriously considering wearing my disco pants along with a jacket, shirt and tie. The couple getting married know me and they have seen me wearing disco pants on several if not many occasions. If not the disco pants then at the very least my 7 For All Mankind Rocker jeans which are resin-coated and as a result very shiny and also very tight. They are not as shiny as disco pants but they are the shiniest coated/waxed jeans I have ever seen and they have a leather-look to them.

So what do you all think about wearing disco pants to a friend’s wedding? An acquaintance of mine who also loves disco pants believes it depends on the environment and formalness/casualness of the wedding. And mainly she says that you don’t want to take attention away from the bride & groom because this is their special occasion. As far as the environment goes, it’s very familiar to the bride, groom and me. I think we may even consider the place to be a second home. It will be a formal indoor church wedding, and I would be nothing more than a guest. But there would still be this air of casualness to it just because it’s two church members getting married. Does that make sense? For example, if you get invited to a co-worker’s marriage you realize that you will not know most people there. So you play it safe and dress conservatively. On the other hand, when it’s someone from your family or small-ish church where you know pretty much everyone, you feel more relaxed and you might want to try to be yourself more. Especially when it will be held at a place you go to at least once a week. And even more so because most of the people there will not be freaked out by what you’re wearing since they’ve seen you wear that many time before. (I did mention a while ago that since I started wearing disco pants so often to that place that when I skipped wearing them for whatever reason I was getting asked why I wasn’t wearing them!)

So would I be taking attention away from the bride and groom with my disco pants? I don’t think I would. I would be wearing black ones and most likely not the tightest ones I have. And as I have already stated, the bride and groom know very well that disco pants are a part of my wardrobe, not something I’m pulling out of thin air all of sudden to thrust attention to myself. In fact I feel that I could even message them beforehand and ask if they would be all right with me wearing disco pants. For them I think the most important thing is that I’m there commemorating the day with them. Of course there will be people there who I don’t know and who don’t know me so they might freak out and stare and gawk and giggle and think ‘what the hell is that guy wearing?’ And that’s something they can discuss with the bride or groom afterwards.

But this is something I am seriously considering and I am intent on wearing either them or my shiny Rocker jeans. I think I would be more physically comfortable in the disco pants because the Rocker jeans are a lot less forgiving when it comes to stretchiness. Their shine is also more subtle, requiring the right angle of light to strike them, whereas with disco pants it is very rare for them to not to put on display some form of their glossiness.

Wearing disco pants at this event would rank in the top 3 for being around the most people while wearing disco pants for me. I wore them on one occasion where I was playing in a band with an audience of many young people; another occasion was an outdoor Halloween party with a lot of trick-or-treaters coming by. The wedding would one of the 3 biggest events.

And just so we’re on the same page–I would wear one of my vintage, straight-leg cut disco pants, not the skinny, modern AA kind. I know that the skinny version would command even more attention and I’m not quite ready for that yet.

I think I’m gonna do this! But I’d like to know what you readers think.

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Chinese Disco Pants Dupes Update

So I tried on both cheapie disco pants on again tonight for some photos. I mentioned the grey ones are shorter than the black ones and here’s how they look on:

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I’m wearing running sneakers in the photos just to show the shortness of the pants. I know it’s not too bad. They’re a little bit better with Converse high tops and Dr. Martens boots but still feel somewhat lacking in length. If I haven’t already said it these pants are super comfortable and look great. I don’t know why guys who wear leggings or meggings don’t choose to wear these pants. (Speaking of meggings–I don’t know why they make them with side panels. That seems and looks a little weird to me. I would just opt to wear these leggings-style disco pants and no one would be the wiser).

I also tried my 2nd pair of black ones on again tonight. The button came off! That leads me to mention that the button on these pants is not sewn on or pressed on as they are on higher quality disco pants. On these it seems to be just inserted into a small hole in the material and if that hole is too big the button will come out. Fortunately, I inserted it back in its hole and it stayed it place as I wore the pants for a little bit.

I also had a little bit of trouble with the zipper. It seems to have unzipped below the pull tab as I was wearing the pants. I had to remove the pants, readjust one side that had misaligned and zip it back down. After that I put the pants back on, buttoned and zipped without any problems. Despite these things I still love these pants, still highly recommend them and will purchase more. As someone suggested I may try a size XL just to see how it fits.

I might recommend to anyone who buys them to replace the button and zipper but after all that the pants may end up costing double or more. Still not a bad deal but a great money saver if you can do that yourself.

On a final note, it does seem that American Apparel no longer has the 3-tone disco pants for sale. At least not online. I do not know when this happened but I just checked today and they don’t sell them anymore. Just the regular disco pants, the 2-tone and the prints. Long live disco pants.

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Grey Disco Pant Dupes from China

Yesterday I received my 2 new pairs of Chinese disco pants dupes. You may remember that I was so pleased with the first pair that I went ahead and ordered 2 more from the same seller. I ordered a grey one and another black one. The seller sent me the correct items–right colors and both large–which is a relief because I don’t want to deal with order mistakes on items coming from China. A reader of this blog has stated that he has at least twice already received disco pants in the wrong sizes from the vendor he has purchased from. But no mistakes here, thank goodness!

The black pair is excellent as was the first. Perfect shine, nice tight fit. I am certain I will be getting at least 3 more of these pants in black. They are so great. I have wrote about some of the issues with these pants as compared to American Apparel’s disco pants, but for the price they are really negligible. One issue I touched on previously was confirmed by a reader of this blog; these pants need to be pulled up around the crotch area because they do seem to hang low as a result of the extra long waist-to-crotch (rise) area. Thus, they do tend to look like this if you don’t pull them up:

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Not only do they look like they need to be pulled up a bit more around the crotch but you can feel when you walk in them that they should sit up a bit more. The feeling doesn’t bother me that much but it is not an issue I have encountered with vintage disco pants nor AA’s disco pants. I certainly do not like wearing pants lower than they are meant to be worn.

These pants in black are quite long and would probably be long enough to fit a guy who is even 6’5″ or 6’6″. On the other hand, the grey pants I received are not as long. In fact as I compared them out of the package, the grey pair is about 4 or 5 inches shorter than the black one. I don’t know if a larger size would give me a longer length. Also the grey one seems to be an even thinner material. When I tried them on I had to pull down on them in order to sit just on top of my Converse high tops. They fit skintight and are very shiny–again shinier than AA’s–but they just feel so thin and flimsy. I only had them on for 10 or 15 minutes and when I went to take them off the rear zipper flap became stuck in the zipper and I could not pull it down. I had to take the flap out of the zipper after the pants were off me. I also noticed that around the crotch seams there were already some of those nasty lines that form when this material gets over-stretched. After only about 10 or 15 minutes of gentle wear!

I had previously written that I was going to get these pants in each color, but after my experience with the grey pair I think I’m going to stick with only the black ones. The other colors are still great if you wear them with boots or for women or for guys who don’t have long legs. The black ones are great for everyone, though.

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Green & Burgundy Disco Pants

There is currently an ebay auction for 2 pairs of Bojeangles disco pants–one green, one burgundy. How I would love to add those 2 to my collection! Especially the green. It looks to be the shade of green I have been seeking. It is described as ’emerald’ green. Emerald green sounds like a darker shade of green to me. To me the photos suggest a brighter green such as Irish green. I have a pair in Hunter green and I don’t need another in that shade. Would love to have it!

The other in burgundy is a color I also do not have and would like to have it, too. But the seller is offering both together and at $125 is just not affordable at this time. The pants have been listed about 3 times already with no bidders so I’m hoping the price may come down or they may get listed separately. $125 for two pairs is not really bad at all–about $62 each. But I can’t do both at the moment. I would have to sell some of mine in order to raise that amount, but that may take a while as I will not sell mine all that cheap. It is interesting to note that disco pants–both vintage and modern–have all really dropped in selling price over the last year or two. It is no longer a sure bet to get $100 for a vintage pair in excellent condition. It may take a year or more to sell for that amount.

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Update on Chinese Disco Pants

I just wore the Chinese disco pants again for a little bit in order to do a photo shoot. Did I mention that they are very photogenic? They reflect light amazingly! I’m still a bit hung up on the high-riding zipper and flap, though. One thing I did not mention in the previous post is that when you put them on the crotch seems to hang a bit low and feels like it needs pulling up. Not sure why that is but I have not experienced that with AA disco pants or my vintage ones.

The main reason I am writing is to update on the areas of over-stretching that I mentioned previously. After I removed the pants I noticed the lines of over-stretching that had formed yesterday were a little longer today and were more numerous. This has to be attributed to the fact that the material is thinner than the other disco pants. I still don’t believe it’s noticeable while being worn. I mean, come on, someone would have to invade your personal space in order to observe the outstretched lines on the crotch/bum seams. However, if this trend continues to increase with each wearing then these pants may have a much shorter lifespan than others. But still, at $12 it’s so affordable that we can purchase 3 pairs and rotate them. I don’t think there is anyone who actually wears disco pants everyday, regrettably. I personally would live and die in them all things considered.

Regardless of this, I still highly recommend these pants. They are extremely comfortable and non-restricting, just like skintight exercise apparel. They may even be better during hotter weather. I notice a lot of girls on twitter complain about having chosen to wear their AA disco pants in the heat. Well, these are thinner and may provide more relief in that sense. Personally I have never been bothered by summer heat while wearing disco pants. But then again I have never been out and about in them during the summer sun. My experience of wearing them in the heat has been limited to walking short distances from a car to an air-conditioned building and back again. I imagine that if you’re wearing them for an outdoor music festival you may feel hotter (in more ways than one). On the other hand, running tights and bike shorts are made of the same materials, albeit perhaps in different ratios and usually more lightweight. Still, if we’re talking scorching summer heat there really aren’t any articles of clothing that provide relief.

Winter is another story. These pants would certainly not provide any warmth during cold weather. My personal experience is that no disco pants really provide warmth during low temperatures. One of the last times I wore one of my vintage pairs in public during winter I had a pair of lycra running tights underneath them. While it helped keep my legs warmer it did create unsightly seam lines similar to the much-maligned VPL. Another reason to live somewhere there is no cold weather!

Well, I’m not completely done writing about these disco pants. I have a few more things I’d like to say and write about them. And of course there is the ‘disco shorts’ project that I am very excited about as soon as my next pair arrives. That’s all for now.

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