Vintage Disco Pants With Belt Loops

Recently I came across a real treasure. I got a vintage pair of silver spandex disco pants that has belt loops and fits like the super skinny leggings style of American Apparel’s version. The brand is Frederick’s of Hollywood and the pants have a really silky, satin-like look and feel to them, similar to my white Jonden’s. The pockets are also more squared-off than the rounded ones that were more typical of FOH’s and other big brands of the day. And there is no brand tag on the right-side pocket. And it has a plastic zipper. I imagine this pair to be a later era design, perhaps mid-80’s or later.

I had a pair of these very same pants three and a half years ago. I even blogged about them. Leggings fit, squared pockets, super shiny & silky, belt loops, plastic zipper, FOH brand. Even the same color: silver. It seems pretty unbelievable that I paid $100 for them at that time. Even worse, they were so small–size 3/4 in fact–that they didn’t fit me. And to add insult to injury the crotch totally came undone and the zipper broke when I did try them on. Thus, I had to pay extra to get the pants repaired and I eventually ended up selling them for only about $60. So that one turned out to be a serious waste of money.

For most of my disco-pants-buying journey I have been avoiding getting any that have belt loops because those usually offer no stretch on the waistband. I learned that the hard way with the aforementioned FOH pair. I may have gotten 1 or 2 others here and there and they all confirmed my non-stretch waistband observation. And since I am still in the ideal physical shape I want to be, I really need as much stretch as possible on the waist band. However, I would love it if I could wear disco pants with belt loops because I usually wear a belt with my disco pants anyway. I just like the look.

But I acquired the very same type of disco pants recently. You might be wondering why I would get the same kind of pants I could not work with three and a half years ago. Well, as most of you already know, disco pants prices have really dropped since 2012, which is also when I started blogging about them. So this same type that I paid $100 for in 2012, I paid just over $20 in 2016! Not only that but the size of this pair was a lot more generous than the other. It was obvious just by looking at them. So I figured if I can’t fit into this one I would just flip it for a profit. To my surprise the pants did fit! And beautifully at that! An absolute perfect fit. I’m not crazy about the AA-style fit on the calves because it does tend to magnify one’s footwear, especially for guys. But for the price I paid I am totally thrilled and I will be hanging onto this one. i did a photo shoot with them last evening and I really did not want to take them off. I was concerned about them showing signs of over-stretching along some seams but I found nothing notable. The pants are pretty new looking and appear to have been never worn or perhaps very gently and rarely worn. The belt-looped waistband gave just enough stretch to accommodate my waist. I struggled to slip my studded belt through the loops, though. I need to find a narrower belt to use with these.

I would love to share a few fit pics but every time I come here to write I am reminded of how difficult it is to do anything on WordPress now that they have made all these changes and ‘improvements’. I can’t even find the link to upload photos anymore. I will look around a bit and if I can figure it out I will add some pics.

 

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AA Disco Pants 2008-2016?

I really dislike winter. Not only because the cold and snow are responsible for breaking things and making things unpleasant, but mainly because the frigid temperatures do not allow me to comfortable wear my disco pants nor my skinny jeans. Yes, during winter I have to resort back to wearing looser fitting jeans and fleece pants because they allow the extra room for wearing warm tights underneath. Can’t do that with skinny jeans and even less so with disco pants. I’m sure I wrote in the past that when I wore my brown disco pants in the brutal cold of January one year I chose to wear lycra tights underneath them for extra warmth. The problem was the seams of my tights showed through on my disco pants and that was not a good look. Not only that but the lycra tights were not warm to begin with, being quite thin and made from nylon & spandex. I never wore disco pants with tights underneath them again. And nowadays I wear Under Armour tights underneath my jeans or fleece pants. They keep my legs warm. But with skinny jeans it just feels too tight and seems like I can’t pull the jeans up as high as I’d like. I’m not one of these ‘saggers’ or a fan of low-rise jeans. I prefer normal/classic waisted jeans and pants. though Levi’s 510’s are pretty perfect in terms of their rise. That’s why I’m also a big fan of Nudie High Kai and Thin Finn. They have normal rises and fit pretty tight.

Finally, I have a pair of white, vintage disco pants that actually look white when I wear them. I’ve had some that look silver and sometimes the two colors in general can be hard to distinguish. But this pair is a bright white and fits perfectly snug. That takes care of another color I’ve been seeking. I’m still hoping to find green, wine, brown & turquoise–had turquoise but sold it after deciding I would probably never wear it. Rash decision. Which brings me to a word of advice for today: never sell things before getting paid unless you completely trust your buyer. It only takes getting burned once to leave you utterly jaded.

A reader of this blog has brought a really cool video to my attention. It’s a video from 2013 that features a former member of Menudo, Johnny Lozada, appearing on a television show wearing a pair of American Apparel disco pants in deep peacock. At first I wasn’t sure it was really Johnny because the show was a Halloween special and the ‘Juan Gabriel’ person was clearly not the real Juan Gabriel. So I thought it was someone pretending to be Johnny as well. But then I realized it was actually he and surprisingly he is still in very good shape and looked really great in the pants, even though he kept pulling on them and changed his voice to a high-pitched squeal to make it seem like the pants were too tight on him. But, as anyone who has ever worn disco pants already knows, they look and fit skintight but they are totally comfortable. Check out the video:

He was 45 at the time of this show and as I said in very good shape to wear disco pants and that top he was wearing. He might have felt more comfortable wearing the actual vintage-cut disco pants from back in those days as opposed to the skinny/leggings AA cut. I will probably edit this video and upload it to YouTube on my disco pants channel. By the way, Johnny was a member of Menudo from 1980-84.

Finally, I think we have real proof that the whole disco pants trend my be on its last legs. Of course, for we lovers of disco pants it will never go away. It is not a fad nor a trend nor will it be a fashion faux pas at any time. But for those who do follow trends and for the fashionistas and the industry that manufactures them, disco pants are fizzing away and will once again be a thing of the past. The only colors AA is still offering in disco pants are: black, pearl, brown, cranberry, red, midnight, dark green, charcoal & silver. There are about 7 other colors you cannot even buy anymore. And of the colors they are still offering, several are only available in one size only. Additionally, there is no sign of any two-tone and three-town disco pants. They do still have the printed ones but those I do not care for.

I think this is really it. They may keep the black ones and perhaps even the charcoal and red and pearl going for a little longer. But honestly, I cannot see AA selling disco pants beyond 2016. They’ve been selling since 2008. It’s sad but if they do die out I will certainly be looking to ebay to get some authentic pairs. And they will probably be pretty cheap, too!

NOTE: If it seems that I post less and less here it is because I am becoming more and more frustrated with wordpress constantly making changes to its website. With their current new changes I no longer know how to add photos or tags to my posts and I don’t see any options to revert back to the way things were before these changes. Blogspot is much more user-friendly but I would hate to transfer all these posts to another blog. I may just do it though. Stay tuned!

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The Year 2015 in Disco Pants

The year 2015 will go down for me as a slow year in terms of spandex disco pants. I wore them very few times in comparison to the years from 2012-2014. Also I did not acquire very many new ones. I wrapped up the year with a recent white pair. Bought a few vintage ones during the earlier parts of the year but they turned out to be ill-fitting (read: too loose). Also acquired a small-label black Le Gambi with a perfect fit and for a good price.  And of course I went through that period where I was buying several pairs of those Chinese disco pants. I had also built up my collection of American Apparel disco pants. At the apex I had 7 pair. Some I wisely bought cheap and resold for a decent profit. I had intended on keeping all of them but for financial reasons I parted with them. At the moment I am back down to only 3–keeping the 2 colors I cannot find among vintage disco pants and my very first black pair. Other than that it was rather quiet. But I did take tons of photos of myself in all my disco pants.

In terms of what 2016 will bring regarding disco pants I just do not know. I pretty much have every color I want–except the elusive bright green. Still hope to find a brown pair. The brown one I did have was a bit looser than I prefer and I am now more than in the past leaning towards a belief that if one is going to wear disco pants they should be quite tight. But I also believe in keeping different sized pairs for different occasions. Aside from that, I will still be on the lookout for the colors I am lacking and for any inexpensive black Le Gambi’s and for Jonden brand pants in any colour.

I am not envisioning any increased opportunities to wear disco pants out in 2016. It’s unfortunate but that is what I am thinking at this time. I believe 2016 will be somewhat of a year of transition for me. I think there may be more opportunities for me to wear my skinny/tight jeans as opposed to my disco pants. I’m hoping I’m rather off in my forecasting here because what I really want is to just wear all my favorite pants be they spandex disco or my skinniest jeans. But we shall see. It will be interesting to see what I write next year around this same time.

The bad thing about this time of the year around here is that it is just too plain cold to wear disco pants OR skinny jeans. The cold just cuts right through the nylon/spandex/cotton wrapped around your legs. So there’s no going out without wearing the Under Armor underneath the pants. But with skintight disco pants or some tighter fitting skinny jeans, it’s not a viable option. So I find myself wearing fleece pants when going out. As I mentioned though, this year may bring about some different things for me, so going out in fleece pants in the winter may not continue to be an option for me at some point.

One thing is for sure–though I may not post as often as I used to here, I am still just as enthusiastic about disco pants as I have ever been. In fact, I am probably one of the most enthusiastic persons about them. It certainly is not easy to find any other blogs or websites about disco pants. And I am coming from the perspective of not only the ‘SEEING’ end but also from the ‘WEARING’ end. I think most folks who have any interest in these pants are either one or the other. Women on the ‘wearing’ end, men on the ‘seeing’ end. I’m on both so I think it’s a rather unique position to be in along with probably a handful of very few others.

Wouldn’t it be a great New Year’s resolution to actually wear disco pants out in public in 2016? I already have in a sense many times. But I’m thinking just to wear them to go shopping at the mall or the grocery store. Or at the thrift store. Or to the post office. Or to the bank. That’s a goal I really have. Maybe somehow I will find a way to do it in 2016 and I hope that all the readers of this blog who feel the same way will find a way to do so also. Because, after all, life is short and disco pants rock!

Happy New Year to all the readers of this blog. Thanks for coming along for the ride. I hope 2016 will be a busy year in terms of disco pants. I hope to have a lot to write about here and will have a lot of your comments to read.

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Disco Pants Don’t Need Any Help!

There has been nothing much going on in my spandex disco pants world other than the fact that I am thoroughly enjoying my collection of them. No new additions though there may be a new one before the year is up. Actually my collection has shrunk by two, as I am giving those away as gifts.

Recently I happened to catch the very first episode of “Too Close For Comfort,”a tv sitcom from the 1980’s. For a brief moment near the end of the episode there was a young woman wearing shiny black disco pants. She and a guy happened to wander into Henry & Muriel’s bedroom from a party going on downstairs in Sarah & Jackie’s apartment. It’s not an extended scene of her disco pants and it’s by no means a full on view of the pants but it is great to see. The episode is from 1980 and it serves to remind me that I need to compile a list of tv show episodes featuring characters in spandex disco pants.

I’ve also come across Ashleigh & Pudsey, a girl and her dog who performed on “Britain’s Got Talent” television show. I saw them performing twice on the show; one time Ashleigh was wearing red AA disco pants, the other time she was wearing gold AA disco pants. She and her dog ended up winning big time on the show and apparently many viewers were critical of the decision. I myself watched the performances and although they were ‘cute’ at best, I’m not sure she should have won it all. I guess wearing disco pants really helps in more ways than one!

Now there is something I have been wanting to write about for quite some time but it may be a bit of a controversial issue. But finally I’m going to say it. As you know I am a huge fan of disco pants. Not only do I love to see other people (anyone) wear them but I love to wear them myself. Disco pants are by nature a very sexy article of clothing. But there are ways to tone down that natural sexiness when and if necessary. I believe a lot of women–particularly younger ones–who I have seen photos of in disco pants do not know how to properly wear them. They go too far. Many of them are pairing disco pants with very skimpy tops or showing a lot of skin in general. As I already said, disco pants in and of themselves are already very sexy and there is little to nothing else that needs to be done to add to add to one’s sex appeal when wearing them. There is a point at which a person’s look can go from being at the pinnacle of their sex appeal to approaching the beginnings of trashiness. And unfortunately, while I love to see girls wear disco pants, a lot of them go too far and make themselves look trashy. And there’s no need for it. But they don’t understand. Of course all of this is subjective and I’m sure many guys go for that trashy look. But then, many guys would never wear disco pants themselves. I do and I believe I’m in a better position to objectively understand what is great and what is over the top.

In my opinion, there is nothing more attractive than a woman wearing disco pants paired with a sweater, a knit top, a t-shirt or some kind of jacket. At worst I say even a tank top is fine as long as it is not too short nor too tight. With disco pants being skintight, there is not real need for any top to fit skintight as well. Fitted is fine. Skintight is over the top. Here are some photos of what I consider to be the sexiest disco pants outfits:

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I went with this photo first because she happens to be wearing two of my favorite items–disco pants and what appear to be Ugg boots! Although I am not crazy about the color of the Uggs, the disco pants are amazing nonetheless as is her entire outfit. The pants are clearly not American Apparel brand, which indicates that she is probably budget-conscientious. She’s wearing a leather jacket the color of which matches her boots and a longer shirt underneath. She’s not showing any skin yet she is sporting a look that is extremely sexy.

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Here is another great look. She’s wearing grey disco pants, Adidas sneakers and a white sweatshirt. Nothing revealing yet the sex appeal of her outfit is extremely high.

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I love how she tucks just a little bit of her shirt into the pants! Sometimes you may want to leave your shirt hanging over and sometimes you may want to tuck it in depending on the occasion. I really like the idea of tucking in the shirt, especially if you’re trim and fit.

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Love that green! Her outfit looks sexy yet a bit conservative at the same time.

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Another great pairing. Midnight navy disco pants, casual sneakers and what looks like an oversized shirt. A+!

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Shiny black disco pants with a long-sleeved striped shirt. Simple yet very sexy. It’s really all about the pants.

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This final photo is one of my absolute favorites. Looks like a rather simple outfit but the disco pants just gives it such a strong dose of sex appeal. And you can tell that she is not the kind of girl that flaunts anything. She seems reserved and conservative but the pants gives her outfit a bit of edginess and makes it overall outstanding. Any other pants with that outfit would be just another day. But the disco pants sends the message that she is also bold and adventurous and she blends it in well with her reservedness. Love that photo!

I would love to share more photos but I think you get the point of what I’m saying. Disco pants are extremely sexy on their own and no further effort needs to be made to increase the sexiness of an outfit that includes a pair of them. Of course, people can choose to dress however they want and I’m just happy to see anyone wearing disco pants, even if the rest of their attire may be over the top. I’m all about the disco pants but when you start combining too much skimpiness with them you start taking away from their appeal and the attention they deserve.

That’s all for now.

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Not-So-Good News

A couple of items of note that I would not consider to be good news.

First, I tried on my white Jonden disco pants last night in order to do some photo shoots. As I have mentioned before they are clearly the tightest pair of disco pants I have. And the hardest to put on. But my, are they the silkiest smoothest ones in my collection! And one of the shiniest! I seriously believe that they are as tight if not tighter than the one Dorit Stevens is wearing in this clip from “The Jeffersons” from 1981:

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I knew getting them on would be a huge undertaking. The last time I put them on I had just gotten a new zipper installed. After quite a long time of struggling to zip them up, I felt like I had accomplished something great. And I took plenty of photos but not enough. The zipper is always the hardest part on these pants. The waist band is the stretchiest of all disco pants I have come across so no problem there. But last evening as I was struggling to zip them up the zipper pull tab broke off with the pants only a quarter to a third zipped up!   Not only that but they keep zipping down slowly. So I had to take as many photos as quickly as I could before they completely zipped down. But they never did fully zip down and you know why? Because the zipped teeth separated just below the zipper mechanism. So now I will have to have that zipper replace AGAIN if I have intentions of ever wearing them anymore.

I was disappointed but those pants are just incredible. Their shine, they way they completely hug the legs from the knees on up. Their smooth feel. Their comfort. Many of my other skintight disco pants are waist-killers. Their waistbands are small and/or have little stretch so they end up hurting after a short time of wearing them. But these have no such problem. I certainly wish I could get my hands on more of these.

In other news, it really seems that the modern disco pants sensation is wearing off. Twitter has much fewer tweets about spandex disco pants. You will still find plenty of tweets with the phrase ‘disco pants’  in them but they will usually be ignorant uses by people who have no idea what real disco pants are (mostly men).

I see a lot of tweets from girls in Brazil about disco pants. Seems disco pants have become a hot thing there in recent times. But as far as the US and UK go, it seems to be dying out. There are still many disco pants bashers (mostly women) who criticize the pants as being “so 2012 or 2013”. As if that were such a different time or so long ago. I label such people as completely mindless trend-followers who would were a boot on their heads if their favorite celebrity idols were doing so.

But to we disco pants purists and enthusiasts there is no such thing as disco pants going out of style. Not that we care even. The wonderful thing about this new wave of disco pants fashion that American Apparel introduced in 2009 is that plenty of women fell in love with this article of clothing they never knew existed before. They continue to wear them and probably will for quite some time. This has also brought forth many bolder guys who have chosen to wear them. Mind you, I have never seen any guys around where I live (and I live in a huge city) wearing disco pants. And I still have only seen one girl around here wearing them, not including the 4 that I have given disco pants to.

One of the girls I gave AA disco pants to really loves them and soon she will be getting another pair. I’m hoping to get some photos of us together in our disco pants. I think that would be the ultimate cool.

The ebay seller that I was getting those really cheap Chinese disco pants from apparently no longer has them for sale. I can’t imagine that they have all been sold. I had been frantically looking on ebay for those and I can’t find them. There are plenty being sold from the UK. In fact, I would say that there are more disco pants sellers from the UK than from the US. And they have some really nice ones but the currency conversion makes their price and then also the shipping on top unaffordable for me at this time. Fortunately, I have found what I believe to be those very same cheap disco pants based on the photos and title on DHGate.com. Still about $10 or $11 with free shipping. Stock up now!

So what do you all think? Are disco pants on the wane? With all this talk of AA and its bankruptcy will their disco pants soon be gone forever? I wrote before that many of the other copycat brands of disco pants had already stopped selling theirs several years ago. There is still boohoo. Seem to be more exclusively in the UK. Not sure what will happen but it bears watching.

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Disco Pants Wedding Outfit

So I wore my spandex disco pants to the wedding. My trusty black Bojeangles. And I think I was the best-dressed there! Well, even had I worn red disco pants with a black t-shirt and white sneakers I would have considered myself the best-dressed. I’m partial to disco pants as you know. But it went well and I felt comfortable and stylish in my outfit. There is no doubt in my mind that I was the only person there wearing shiny disco pants.

There were no comments or anything that I heard but I am sure some people who didn’t know me were a bit mystified at the sight of my spandex pants. I’m also confident that most people didn’t know they were actually disco pants. I was hoping to find some photos online–you know, the random ‘guy wearing shiny pants’ or ‘dude wearing spandex pants’ type thing on Twitter or Facebook or just about anywhere else online. But I haven’t come across anything yet. Not that it matters but it’s always interesting to see comments that people write. You might remember that quite some time ago I posted some photos of these pants on me online and asked for opinions on how they looked. The overwhelming response was mostly positive and surprisingly there was plenty of positive feedback that came from females.

I just can’t get over how really versatile disco pants are, particularly the vintage cut variety but not exclusively. Even the modern super skinny (leggings-fit) type is amazingly versatile, especially for women. For guys, the modern disco pant looks best in a casual sense, paired optimally with canvas sneakers, Ugg-style boots or Dr. Martens. But the vintage cut pants go with everything. In fact, this is the first time I have worn them with Italian-made shiny dress shoes–the kind that when you walk everyone can hear you–and they looked great together! In the past I have only worn disco pants with Converse sneakers or Dr. Martens boots. I’ve also paired them with some Nike high tops and Vans slip on boots. Some pairings are better than others and ultimately I prefer them with the Converse sneakers and the Dr. Martens.

If I had a navy blue blazer I could have paired it with my midnight navy disco pants and that could have been another outfit consideration. I’m not sure there are any other colors I could really consider wearing for a wedding. Perhaps dark grey would work but I don’t happen to have disco pants in such a color nor have I ever seen any. The closest I have come is American Apparel’s disco pants in charcoal. I’ve seen other brands make them in a color labelled ‘pewter’ and for the most part online they look virtually black. I would have to see them in person. However, their fit is of the modern type and I don’t think I could rock them for a wedding.

And speaking of weddings, I found this photo of a bride wearing disco pants in a very casual wedding environment:

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Those disco pants look great but those high heels, my oh my! I’ll never come to terms with understanding why women wear shoes like that.

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Which Ones Are AA Disco Pants?

Just for fun this evening I tried on 3 different pants and I took some photos and I ask you readers if you can tell which one of the photos is of American Apparel disco pants. Here they are:

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So left, middle or right? Which ones are AA disco pants?

Speaking of AA disco pants, my pair has the dreaded white elastic fibers poking through on the crotch area. Funny, I’ve never even worn these pants. Just here and there for photo shoots. But they are my very first pair of AA’s from 2008. But I do need to get another pair. I am a huge fan of them even if they do fit like leggings. Just tuck them inside some tall Ugg boots or another type and no one will know if you’re wearing them or vintage, straight leg ones.

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