New Disco Pants Old Disco Pants

It’s been a little slower than I had thought. I had declared on here that come the spring I’d be wearing spandex disco pants two, three or even more times per week. In March I only had two days. This month, April, only has two days thus far and we are now into the last full week. I guess I haven’t been in the proper state of mind. I still struggle with not wanting to make a spectacle of myself. I don’t think I would handle fame all that well if ever it comes my way. But I do think it’s reasonable to expect to get at least two more wearings before this month is done!

I wore my vintage black Le’Gambi size two pair this past Friday. This was my first ever Le’Gambi brand of spandex jeans and it remains a go-to and favorite of mine to this day. Went to a bank, then my favorite thrift store and finally a grocery store. Wore them with my favorite short, black puffer jacket and white Converse sneakers. It was a sunny day, too!

Last night I was trying on a white pair of Chinese disco pants. This one is a size large and fits completely skintight. I can’t stress how nice these pants fit, look and feel on. They are bright white. American Apparel calls their white disco pant “pearl” and even vintage pairs have a sort of ivory look to them. Not these Chinese pants. They are bright white. As you probably already know, white disco pants tend to be sheer and not-so-great looking particularly if you’re wearing something dark underneath them. I have tried them with black and white underwear and neither works very well. Black is the worst, but white can still be seen, too. And even if you could find some flesh-colored briefs or such there would still be the matter of visible ‘panty’ lines. So I found the best look is achieved with wearing nothing underneath white disco pants. Mind you, I say “best look”. That would most likely not make for the most practical situation, though. When I’m taking my pics in them it is best not to wear underwear. But if I were to go out in them I’d opt for the next best option which would be to wear some flesh-colored briefs underneath.

I’m a huge fan of wearing spandex jeans as tight as possible but I am aware of the fact that the tighter they are, the more they are being stretched and the thinner and more sheer the material becomes. I’ve experienced this even with black disco pants. I’ve tried some on that were so tight I could start to see the color of the underwear below them–in bright-lighting situations, of course. So extra caution needs to be taken with white and other lighter-colored spandex disco jeans. Perhaps not so much for women but for guys, yes.

As I write this I am expecting a pair of those super shiny, skinny fit Frederick’s disco pants from the later 80’s that had belt loops and no brand name on the rear pocket. I already have a silver pair of these and absolutely love them. I wish I could find more info on them. Would love to know when this skinny-leg version started becoming popular. I am quite confident that they must be from ’83, ’84 or ’85. Perhaps beyond that even. There is a definite styling change on them compared to the ones that debuted in 1978 after the “Grease” craze. Let’s go over some of the differences. I will refer to these types as the “newer” version and the others as the “originals”.

  • Shine: Originals — shiny
    Newer — more shiny
  • Content: Originals — 90% nylon & 10% lycra spandex
    Newer — 85% nylon & 15% lycra spandex
  • Belt loops: Originals — none
    Newer — yes (5)
  • Fit: Originals — straight leg
    Newer — skinny leg
  • Branding: Originals — visible (on pocket)
    Newer — hidden (inside pants)
  • Pockets: Originals — rounded bottoms
    Newer — angled (jeans-style)
  • Zipper: Originals — metal
    Newer — plastic

There you have it. I should add that this is more of a comparison guide between the different versions of the Frederick’s of Hollywood brand disco pants. The reason I denote the brand is because I never saw different versions of Le’Gambi, Bojeangles, Michi or Jonden spandex jeans. In this regard the Frederick’s brand was unique. I do not know which brand came out with the first disco pants but at least initially when Frederick’s came out with theirs they very much resembled Le’Gambi’s, Bojeangles’ & Michi’s. Jonden didn’t have their first spandex jeans till 1981 and Frederick’s newer version more closely resembled aspects of those by Jonden and Tight End.

I have just received the pants and am extremely disappointed. They are nothing like silver pair I have. The material is very thin; similar to that used in Chinese disco pants. Actually worse though. They don’t fit me tight at all. I almost get the feeling these were “hand-made”. They’re absolutely terrible and I’m sorry not only that I bought them but that I paid what I paid for them. This is one of the perils of buying-before-seeing. Yes, I saw photos but they don’t always give you the whole picture. Lesson learned. Even after six years experience of purchasing disco pants online I still manage to buy some duds.

Finally, yesterday was the 6th anniversary of my first disco pant wearing. Yes, six years ago yesterday I wore shiny spandex jeans for the first time in public. I didn’t even know this until I just checked a few moments ago. Had I been aware of this I may have worn a pair yesterday just to commemorate the fact. Oh well. Wednesday and Friday are looking like great days.

 

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12 For 18

I wore¬† a vintage Le’Gambi spandex disco jean yesterday to the mall. It was my 12th wearing of the year and 90th since I started back in 2012. It was a mild day, in the 60’s in fact. I knew it was too warm to wear my longer puffer jacket so I just grabbed my short black puffer jacket and went with it. The funny thing is I didn’t have to spend time looking in the mirror and debating whether I really should wear the short jacket with the spandex jeans. I just grabbed the jacket and put it on. And it was fine and looked good.

At the store I went to I was shopping in the clearance section, looking for anything good and cheap. I found a bunch of discounted track/exercise pants that are lightweight and great for warmer weather. I only bought medium and small sizes and hoped for some–any–to fit snug. I knew they would not fit like my disco pants but I hoped for a skinny or slim fit. I know those exercise pants are made in such fits nowadays. But either way I wanted the pants because I don’t wear shorts much anymore. Not even indoors. In fact, I wear shorts more often when I go outdoors than when indoors. I do have those 2 pairs of ‘disco pant shorts’ or ‘spandex jean shorts’ that I had made from last year. Those will definitely see more use this coming summer. And I have a few slim nylon shorts as well as some denim skinny shorts. Other than the fact that the spandex shorts have no front pockets and thus less room for me to carry my various accessories, they remain my favorites and a great way to stay connected to my shiny spandex jeans craze all year round.

The track pants I bought ended up not fitting tight. None of them. But I like them nonethelss. They will keep me cool in the summer. I could have tried them on at the store, but I really didn’t feel like taking my disco pants off. I was wearing one of my vintage black pairs and I’d rather not keep putting them on and taking them off needlessly.

I did try on a sport jacket/blazer that was light gray in color. Though it was a bit small on me it did look good with my black spandex jeans, a white/black AA t-shirt and white Converse low tops.

When I went to the checkout lane some young-ish women were behind me waiting their turn. They were speaking in Polish (I presume) and I can only wonder what they were saying. As I wrote about before, a checkout lane is one of those places where you get ‘checked out’ completely by those standing behind you. So while your shiny, skintight spandex jeans may not get noticed while you’re walking around the store by fellow shoppers who are looking around, they will surely get noticed when you’re finally in line paying for your goods!

But I was at the store on an early Wednesday afternoon. You’re not going to see many people on such a day and time shopping. A real challenge for me would be to show up at the mall on black Friday or Christmas Eve. But since I really dilike crowds I never go shopping on those days anymore. I used to but I don’t anymore. Also those days tend to be cold and not very kind to disco pant wearers’ legs.

Tomorrow is going to be less mild then yesterday. It also happens to be my thrift store shopping day. So I am leaning heavily towards wearing spandex jeans again. Probably my midnight pair. But since it’s appearing to be jacket weather it will make for a nice pairing with those pants. A jacket at least gives me some additional pockets where I can store my things without having to carry a messenger bag.

Several months ago I acquired a pair of vintage Le’Gambi aqua blue disco pants. They are a size 1 but they fit and it’s a perfect skintight fit. Just how I like it. I had this color previously. Same brand, too. But that one had the trapezoidal Le’Gambi brand tag while this one has the small rectangular one. I sold the previous one because I thought I would never wear this color. It was a mistake. But we all make them, don’t we? So I acquired this one late last year and it’s amazing. Finally took some good pics wearing them recently. I still think it’s a color I will have to work up to. It’s definitely not as versatile as black or a dark blue but it will get you noticed. I know it’s a long ways off but I’d like to think I will wear an ‘out there’ color for Halloween this year.

I may have mentioned this already but I have decided not to make any more straight leg versions of those Chinese disco pants. While they are nice and lightweight (and great for summer) I don’t think it’s worth the cost of having the work done. Yet I do still plan to get a few American Apparel pairs done as soon as I can get the colors I’m waiting on. I am still waiting for them to sell the charcoal color they had before. Can’t wait to get a straight leg version of that color made. I have only been wearing black and midnight (and steel blue once) these last 2 years. The charcoal would make for a nice change and it’s a color neutral enough that I can wear without causing fanfare. But AA is sitting on the fence over releasing this color. I don’t know why. As I wrote many times before, this had to be one of their most popular colors. And speaking of the AA disco pant, it’s good to see that some of the reviews posted there were written by male wearers of the pants. I remember having written a positive review of the pants when it was still American Apparel that owned the company. The review was never posted even though I said nothing but good about the pants. I suspect that since I identified myself as male they wanted no part of it. But I am glad to say that the new owner of the store has published my review and those of other guys.

So once they start selling the charcoal pants I will benefit in two ways: first, I will have this beautiful charcoal color in a classic straight leg version of spandex jeans; second, I will have this gorgeous color in a pair of spandex jean shorts for the summer. I am so looking forward to this that you cannot imagine. Of course, I also want brown too but I am feeling much less optimistic about brown. For one thing, it’s almost impossible to find a brown pair in a size I can wear, namely medium. That’s new or used. For another, I doubt AA will reissue this color. It was probably not one of their best sellers. I find several brown pairs around online that are XS or XXS. I can’t work with those. I do currently have a medium. Even if I bought one of the XS or XXS just to have the extra material to modify the medium, the rest of the XS/XSS would be rendered useless as I coudn’t use them for shorts. With the charcoal color I have two of them. Technically I could take both into the shop and come out with a straight-leg version and a pair of shorts. But then I’ll no longer have the skinny version. So if I could just get one more I’d be all set. In the meantime I’ll keep looking around.

An interesting item of note:
AA has their disco pant available only in one size in red at the moment. And when you click on the only size they have it says they are down to the last few pairs. Does this mean they are done with red once they sell out? Are they going to restock? Just a few days ago I had checked again and red was not even showing as a color option. Today it was back but only with that one size. I don’t know what this means but it does make me concerned a bit. For one thing, I never got around to getting a red one. Also, if they decide not to restock what does it mean for the other colors? It is something to keep an eye on for sure.

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Navy Jonden Spandex Disco Jeans

Not too long ago I came into a navy blue pair of Jonden disco pants for a great price. However, when I received them, they looked pretty tattered and soiled and in all honesty I was a bit disgusted with them. To add to that, they were sent inside one of those thin plastic shopping bags you get from discount stores. I was really grossed out by them, lol. So I just put them back in their bag and tossed them aside. I felt they were completely not worthy of being anywhere near my collection of spandex disco jeans.

Last evening I decided to try them on. My initially feelings of digust had worn off greatly so I was ready to check them out. They turned out to fit me very nice! They are skintight yet easy to get on and take off. The waist is very forgiving similar to my other Jonden pants. They were really short on me but there was 4 or 5 inches of hem that could be let down and so I did. After that they were perfectly long enough for me.

Similar to my experience with Jonden spandex jeans this pair had the aforementioned super-stretchy waist and also a nylon zipper and lower-hanging back pockets. On the other hand, this pair is not quite as shiny as my bright blue, white and red pairs. Its shine is more subtle, similar to the black ones I have.

This navy blue pair has a lot of broken stitches and clearly has been repaired before albeit it with, strangle enough, white thread. So initially when I saw small segments of white fibers sticking out in various areas I naturally thought they were spandex fibers. Thankfully they are not but I still don’t understand why anyone would use white thread on a dark color such as this.

I think I will feel better yet about these pants once I get them washed myself. And then I will take them to the cleaners to have those stitches repaired. Here’s a little back view of the pants on:

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I haven’t worn any disco pants since my last post. It’s a bit of a mood thing, you know? I have declared many times that I would be pleased to live in them. But sometimes there are other things going on. Sometimes I feel overweight. This week is not looking too great either, but I think Friday should be the day I wear some. It will be only my 2nd wearing for this month of March. But there’s still time to get another 2 or 3 wearings after that.

Once again I have to mention that AA still doesn’t have their disco pant in charcoal for sale. Not only that but once again the color swatch has once again disappeared from among the choices. So I don’t know what’s going on there.

That’s all for now.

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Vintage Bubblegum Spandex Jeans

I had an interesting find yesterday while at my usual Friday thrift store. I came across a pair of Bubblegum American Flavour polyester/spandex jeans in black. The first thing that caught my eye about them was that they had a sheen. Upon looking at the tag I learned the brand was Bubblegum, it was 96/4 polyester/spandex and was made in the USA. The fact they were USA-made meant they were vintage and, based what I came across on the internet, probably from the 1990’s. Their shine was not quite like that of disco pants but more of a coated denim type shine. The size tag read 7/8. Also of note was that the legs were straight not skinny. They looked a bit short for me to wear but at $3.49 I scooped them up.

A few more details about them: they have mock front pockets (though a real coin pocket), belt loops, stars for rivets and a low rise. Later that evening I tried them on. I was dying to try these pants on and all the while I kept thinking, “Don’t forget–they look a bit short so they probably will not serve you any purpose.” I even took my Dr. Martens boots to make up for the short inseam. But I tried them on and they fit pretty darn nice! Yes, they could have been at least an inch longer for perfection. I can wear them with those boots though and it will be fine. I also tried them on with dirty white Converse All Star high tops and it was acceptable. Probably better with black ones.

These are very nice pants! Their shine is amplified when wearing them and in some of the photos I took they resemble leather while in others they are more like nylon. Perhaps like an older pair of disco pants that has lost some of its shine through the course of time and washing.

Due to the lower rise of these pants they don’t look as appealing to me from the front as they do from the back. Unlike spandex disco jeans which look amazing both front and back. These pants appear to reflect more light as more is placed upon them so I am curious to see how they look outdoors in bright sunshine. In low lighting conditions they still give off a sheen and even from a ways off one can tell the pants are shiny. And skintight. Did I mention they fit skintight? They do. However after sitting for a bit they do tend to creep down and need pulling up. The lower legs tend to creep up and need pushing down. So the best thing is not to sit down in these pants!

These shiny jeans remind me of another type of pants I bought several months ago. They’re Dr. Denim brand and are stretchy and look like leather. They have the same basic jeans look–(faux) front pockets, back pockets, button, zipper. Main difference between these two pants is that the Dr. Denim is skinny/leggings fit while the Bubblegums are straight leg. Also the DDs have a high or normal rise. However their rear pockets are long and in my opinion placed too close to each other. The Bubblegum jeans have perfect pocket placement and size. I noticed that one of the modern trends on jeans is elongated rear pockets. I’m not a huge fan of that.

Here is a photo of the back of the Bubblegum jeans:

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As great as they look they just don’t compare to a pair of spandex disco jeans. I happened to try the Bubblegums again this evening followed by a favorite pair of Le’Gambi pants. The Le’Gambi fits to a tee, is shinier, maintains its shape, does not creep down and due to its perfect length it allows me to wear a variety of sneakers, boots and other shoes with them
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8 For 2018

I finished up February with four wearings which was just like January. So I have eight total for the year. The weather is getting less wintry so I anticipate more wearings in the coming weeks.

I’m still only rotating between my black vintage ones, new black ones and midnight pairs. Yes, I have worn some AA pairs but I see them being worn less and less as the need for wearing my tall Ugg-like boots starts to fizz out. I still see plenty of women wearing boots even in fifty degree weather here. But I tend to put mine away once the threat of significant cold and/or snow begins to fade away. I have other boots but none as tall as these. My other Ugg-style boots are the short version which I think looks less appealing particularly with AA-style disco pants. And I have a pair of exclusively-men’s Ugg boots that also does not look all that great with said pants. I have a couple of nice Dr. Martens but again they don’t make for such a great pairing with any disco pants for that matter. Finally, I do have a pair of Chelsea boots and ankle boots which look great with vintage disco pants but not AA-types.

I have always said AA-style disco pants are less versatile than the vintage-style, straight-leg rendition. Perhaps not so much for women but definitely for guys. Women seem to make disco pants look great no matter what shoes they wear with them. And I have seen some of them wear horrible looking footwear with disco pants. I still prefer to see them wear sneakers or certain kinds of boots (e.g. Ugg Classics) with them. And as for me, I would only wear my AA disco pants with either Converse sneakers, my own Ugg-style boots or some other really low-profile, flat sneakers.

This weekend is shaping up to be another mild one–in the 50’s. So I am debating as to whether I should wear some Le’Gambi spandex jeans tomorrow. Being Saturday and going grocery shopping means that there will be a lot of foot traffic in the stores. Plus it means I would be wearing disco pants to a store I have never worn them at before. I love these pants because not only are they so comfortable but they make me look and feel good. What could be better? I mean they are so comfortable that sometimes I forget I’m even wearing them! So I find myself taking glimpses at them and there they are–all shiny and tight and on my legs! Really feels great to see them on me. I can’t help but think back to those times as a kid when I’d see them on TV or in a picture and wish I had a pair to wear. And now I do! Thank goodness for the internet!

Today I wore some Levi’s 519 Extreme Skinny jeans. I have four pairs of these; acid wash, medium wash, gray & black. I wore the acid wash. I really like how it fits. This is the tightest fit Levi’s offers for guys. The ankles are very tight. Unfortunately, the fit varies from wash to wash and the inseam on a few of them aren’t even as long as the tagged size. I have measured an inseam of 30 on a couple of pairs labelled as 32. And it’s quite obvious, too. I can only get away with wearing those if I pair them with Converse high tops or some other higher profile sneaker. The acid wash pair is true to size though and I wore them with some low-profile, gray New Balance sneakers. I am really into New Balance sneakers at the moment. Not all models but certain classic, low-tech versions (220, 420, etc) worn casually and mainly for fashion nowadays. These New Balance and my various Converse will be the only sneakers I wear this coming summer.

The only question now is when will my first disco pant wearing come for March? Will it be tomorrow or next week? Tomorrow would be great but I’m not certain I will. It’s not that I don’t want to live in shiny spandex jeans but I do have a rather amazing collection of skinny jeans that I want to wear also. I’ll have to sleep on it and see what I decide in the morning.

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Disco Pants & The Donnas

Recently some brought to my attention some album cover photos of a band from the 90’s called The Donnas. The band was comprised of four young ladies, each using the name of Donna followed by a different initial for each one.
I had heard of them during their heyday but I couldn’t tell you any of their songs. What particularly has stayed in my memory was the name of their third album, “Get Skintight.” I didn’t know what they meant by that but it sure sounded like a cool name to me. The lead track from the album is called “Skintight” and it’s about the singer crushing on a guy wearing skintight jeans. On a side note, I hope it’s really true that are ladies out there who love the sight of a guy in skintight jeans. But nothing is mentioned of this guy’s looks other than his photos are in magazines. So he must be some kind of rock star, model or actor. But the main focus of the lyrics is the skintight jeans he is wearing. The interesting thing is that this song is from 1999 which was absolutely not an era when guys were wearing anything even close to slim-fitting jeans. In fact, I wore my own pair of skintight jeans that year only two times because it was so out of fashion and I felt really self-conscious in them. Oddly enough, I was in better shape at that time than I am now, yet now I more often wear the tightest jeans and disco pants I have!

But I’ve gone off on a tangent. Anyway, The Donnas’ album before “Get Skintight” was called “American Teenage Rock ‘n’ Roll Machine” from 1998. On the cover, the drummer, who was known as Donna C (real name Torry Castellano) is wearing purple spandex jeans with belt loops. Take a look:

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And on the back cover she appears once again in her disco pants, albeit in a filtered black & white photo:

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Mind you,¬† this is 1998. Spandex was out of fashion. Shiny was not in. Skintight was not happening. I couldn’t tell you if those are vintage pants she is wearing or something newly made, though I suspect the former. It’s too bad the photos are no full-body shots. I’d love to see if the pants are straight-leg or skinny type. But alas! Upon some further investigating I found this photo:

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So there’s my answer! The pants are vintage, straight-leg style. With those belt loops I’d suspect they’re probably Odds & Ends or Tight End brand. Or something else. You might not believe how many brands of clothing made shiny spandex jeans. Every so often I come upon another brand I never either heard or knew they made such pants.

Thanks to the reader who pointed out this album cover to me!

In other news, I wore disco pants today for the 6th time this year. And I plan another wearing tomorrow. Friday is my thrift store day and I like to sport spandex jeans when I go to such stores. Today I wore one of my first black Le’Gambi pairs. Tomorrow probably some midnight Le’Gambi. Maybe navy. Maybe steel blue! Can’t wait to get some browns and grays into the rotation!!

Actually the next six or seven days are going to feature disco pants weather. So I am looking at getting two or three more wearings during this period. I think this will be a fun week or so.
We may have passed the too-cold-for-disco-pants weather at this point. But it’s not certain of course. If we have though, I see a lot more frequent wearings starting from today’s and perhaps through May. But I won’t look too far ahead. It is best to enjoy the moment, especially if that moment means being in disco pants!

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2018: 10 Year Anniversary of the AA Disco Pant

I just realized with this being 2018 that it’s going to be:

  1. The 10 year anniversary of American Apparel’s disco pant
  2. The 10 year anniversary of me buying my first pair of AA disco pants
  3. The 10 year anniversary of when I started to get really interested and serious about disco pants.

I don’t remember how it is that I first learned about AA disco pants. I’m sure I was searching online for skinny jeans or such and somehow I miraculously came upon them. Remember, I was already familiar with American Apparel, having purchased shirts from them a few years earlier. But my memory fails as to the exact details. Regardless, as soon as I discovered them I ordered a pair. It was Christmas Eve 2008 when I ordered my first ever pair of AA disco pants. It was a medium in black–black is the only color they had them in then. And I still have them! About a week later I bought another. This time in small. It eventually I gave away to a girl friend who wore them on several occasions. But it’s probably been at least five years since I’ve seen her wear them. I suspect she no longer does.

But I am very satisfied to still have my first pair. Yes, it’s a little worn in the crotch area. I think that’s where they all seem to wear out first. But still very wearable. Oddly enough I have never worn this pair in public.

It did take another three full years before I began to indulge in buying vintage disco pants. And since then I have amassed over six dozen pairs. But I do credit the AA pants with setting me off on that course. The two vintage pairs of Frederick’s I had purchased years before that were disappointing so I don’t count them as the true catalysts of my collection.

The AA disco pants were the first spandex disco pants to fit me just like I remembered seeing how they fit those rockstars and dancers and actors and actresses on television. They were shiny, skintight and the right length. They were better than anything else I had up to that point.

My goal now is to get these pants in every color they have. I won’t make the mistake again of selling them. Had I known there was a chance I’d never find some of those colors again I would have never sold them. Currently they have them in seven colors of which I have black and menthe. I have the older version in midnight. Should I get a new one in midnight anyway? Probably not. But my priority at this time would be to get the royal, red and pearl. Hoping eventually they bring back silver and cranberry red. Brown would be a dream come true. And charcoal, well, we’re getting there.

So this is a special year. A 10-year anniversary of sorts for the AA disco pant and me. And the year I plan to wear disco pants the most times ever. When we get to Christmas Eve of this year I will be curious to see what new editions or changes and how many wearings I will have had by then. Looking to be an interesting year!

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