H&M Disco Pants Review

I want to do a review of H&M’s Divided disco pants. I know it’s rather moot at this time since it has been several years since H&M has sold disco pants. But I want to do one anyway because I know disco pants fans all over will appreciate some honest opinions.

I’m going to use AA disco pants as the standard. It is the one all the other manufacturers tried to emulate. And since it is closest to the originals of the 70’s and 80’s in terms of quality, design, fit and feel, it is unquestionably the one to compare all others against.

From what I understand, H&M offered a few variations on their disco pant. You might remember that I had a pocketless pair in black sometime last year which I encountered at the thrift store. While it look great with its shine and it’s simulated front pockets, the missing rear pockets was a deal-breaker for me. Spandex disco jeans need to have those back pockets; otherwise, they’re just leggings or jeggings.

The newest pair of H&M disco pants I own has the back pockets. They are not rounded on the bottom as AA’s are but are more V-shaped. The shine is great. It also has the simulated front pockets and even belt loops which both are a major plus for me. I especially love the idea of belt loops. The simulated front pockets are awesome too but truthfully no one is going to see them on me at this point anyway.

The pair I have is a small and I was rather surprised that I was able to get them on never having tried a small in any of the other brands. It was extremely difficult getting them through my lower legs. Possibly the hardest time I’ve ever had in that area. They seem to have less side-to-side stretch than AA pants do. And I was a bit surprised that, once I had the pants completely on, they weren’t tighter in the crotch and bum areas. For something that took so much effort to get through the lower legs I expected a tighter fit in the upper regions. Not that they aren’t tight. But propotionally, I was expecting more. Not a major deal however.

On a more serious note, the H&M pants don’t seem to be stitched as well as AA’s. The areas right around the base of the zipper and below it appear to be weak with a tendency to come undone. Seeing how these pants cost only about 40% of what AA’s cost and not made in the Western world I suppose it’s understandable. Still for a pair of pants that is form-fitting and meant to be worn skintight the weak stitching is not exactly tolerable.

So I give H&M’s disco pant an A-. All the necessary ingredients are there along with a few unique touches. If it weren’t for the belt loops and faux front pockets I would have given a B or B+. Offering a few additional colors could have made them quite competitive with AA and increased my grade. These pants are a much more affordable alternative to AA’s disco pant with the same good quality, thick nylon/spandex. However, seeing how these were phased out even before AA closed shop last year, the H&M will be harder to find and perhaps even more difficult if you seek a brand new pair.

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2 Wearings in 2018

I’ve already got two wearings of spandex disco pants thus far for 2018. First was a few days ago when I wore the Le’Gambi midnight navy and then today with the two-tone AA disco pants. I went to my usual thrift store and also to a local Aldi supermarket. And while it was very cold today there was plenty of sunshine so I know my pants were displaying their high shine

While they are less warm than jeans in this weather, it is bearable. Jeans are not that much warmer especially since most jeans nowadays are made from either lightweight or mid-weight denim. Plus I do keep that extra layer of UA tights underneath. And today was only about 10°F here!

In my previous post I mentioned that the first new pair of disco pants I would get in 2018 would be a royal blue AA pair. Well, just yesterday I received a pre-owned charcoal pair I bought online. They are in excellent condition and was a steal of a price. I’m surprised it didn’t sell earlier. I almost wore this pair today but I may have to warm up to its lighter color a bit longer.

Oh, I didn’t find any disco pants while thrifting today. But I did find an interesting disco ball button-up shirt for only $3.99!

So I’m thinking I should buy some more AA disco pants now. At least the midnight navy and the royal blue until they add more colors. Disco pants are a lot more easy to move around in than jeans are. They’re more comfortable. And since they’re skintight down to the ankles they fit inside my Ugg-like boots smoothly. And since I plan to wear only this kind of footwear during the winter I would prefer to wear pants that fit the lower legs skintight. That means I will mostly wear the AA pants and my Levi’s 519 Extreme Skinny jeans and my Nudie High Kai. Perhaps the Cheap Mondays as well but I have yet to see if they fit over the UA tights. That is one of the biggest challenges during winter–seeing what fits comfortably over the UA tights. That’s where disco pants have an edge. That 10% spandex content is unusual to find in any pair of jeans that aren’t jeggings.

Another thing I would like to have now is a pair of boots like the one I already have but in dark brown. Unfortunately, neither Ugg nor Emu nor any brand of these sheepskin boots makes them in the tall style in dark brown. For men anyway. I am pondering whether I should pick up a pair of women’s in a size I could wear. I just found an online store that has the Classic Tall Uggs in chocolate women’s size 11 which means men’s size 10. I think I will buy it! I don’t want to get into the habit of wearing an expensive pair of shoes everyday. Having a second pair would mean I could rotate them.

Anyway, I just wanted to check in and say that I’ve gotten my second wearing in five days of this brand new year. AND, only one more day of this horribly frigid weather so next week is looking like I will be able to more comfortably wear disco pants. Perhaps even give the boots a break for a day here and there.

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2017–The Year in Review

The year 2017 was a good year in terms of disco pants in many respects. First, I can consider it to be my second ‘break out’ year. In 2012 I started wearing spandex jeans although it was to a limited place and with an exclusive audience. But it was significant nonetheless and it fostered not only my passion for these pants but also for wearing them, incorporating them into my style and making them my own. After several years of not wearing them or wearing them very minimally, 2017 became the year I started venturing out in them to places other than my ‘safe place.’ After being encouraged for several years by a fellow spandex jeans enthusiast to ‘just wear them’, I finally did and I have no regrets. From wearing them first to the thrift store then to the mall and then pretty much everywhere else. From wearing longer jackets and then shorter ones to push the limits. I do regret not having worn any other colors besides black and midnight, but that’s what the new year is for. And I’m happy to say that I did not start out with ‘loose’ spandex jeans and slowly progressed to tighter ones. To wear a loose disco pant is to not wear a disco pant. I started with tight and was wearing tighter by year’s end.

2017 marks the year with the most wearings for me. I broke my previous record set in 2012. The years 2013-16 were horrible in terms of wearing disco pants. This past year marks an upward trend which will continue and grow in 2018. Oh, I did not happen to wear any yesterday. I went out instead with a pair of faux leather Kenneth Cole pants which were nice and warm. However I did not like the fact that the hems got wrinkled from being inside my Ugg-like boots.

I could have gotten more wearings out of 2017 but I still suffer from that shyness and self-consciousness issues. Those are aspects I will try hard to overcome in 2018.

2017 also saw me wear American Apparel disco pants for the first time. I never thought I would do that. Of course what helped tremendously was the fact that they were tucked into my tall boots. At least during the winter, I certainly plan to wear AA disco pants some more with my boots. I may have to pick up another color or two. (Thank you very much for bringing back the disco pant!)

I happened to acquire about 37 pairs of spandex disco pants in 2017. From the cheapest Chinese ones to the most expensive, highest quality brands. Included in this count are 7 AA pants and 7 vintage-brand pairs, with the remainder being mainly the Chinese dupes. I love them all, whether I can fit into them or not. Thankfully I can fit into most of them! I added some key colors to my collection and some interesting brands I didn’t have before.

Will I be looking to add that many more in 2018? Probably not. I was able to splurge a bit in ’17 and I don’t see ’18 affording me the same benefit. But I will look to get anything that makes a deep impression on me. If any bargains come my way I’ll scoop them up. I do have my eye on a pair of AA pants which would be an extra pair for me were I to get them. It’s a color I really like and not one they are currently offering. Plus, I may look to get a few brand new pairs of Le’Gambi spandex jeans that are being made, particularly in black and any other interesting color that is available. It may be safe to say though that my first pair of the year will be an AA in royal blue.

Do I feel a need to make 2018 better than 2017? No, not in the same sense as a business that has made record profits and wants to make even bigger ones the following year. Or in the sense of an athlete or sports team that has just won a championship and is already being asked about next year. Remember, I like to live in the moment. I feel my best when I am in disco pants, not so much in thinking about when I was or when I will be. That’s how I look at it. So in order to feel my best more often I have to wear spandex jeans more often, and that’s what it’s all about for me. Doing something I like that makes me feel good. And if it comes from something as harmless as wearing shiny spandex jeans, why not do that as often as possible?

So while a major goal for 2018 includes wearing my spandex jeans more often, additional goals include wearing AA ones during the winter and bringing out the other colors. I have a total of 13 AA disco pants and I really need to start making use out of them. Now that I have jumped the great hurdle of wearing them for the first time, any future wearings should just become easier and easier. Since I’ll be wearing them with UA tights underneath, the AA pants should probably be at least medium in size. Which means I can continue to wear the two-tone and begin to wear the black and the charcoal. Will be very interesting to see what I will accomplish this winter with my AA disco pants. I think working on them early on in the year will make wearing my classic fit ones second nature when spring comes! But of course I don’t plan to just exclusively wear AA ones during this winter. I may start to incorporate some of my other colors of the vintage style pants as well. It should be an exciting year, especially the first few months! Will definitely set the tone for the remainder of the year.

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Size Small Disco Pants A Perfect Fit!

I tried on my brand new H&M Divided size-small disco pants last night and they fit! The lower legs are super tight and I don’t believe I have ever tried on a pair of disco pants that required as much effort to pull them through my lower legs as these. Very little side-to-side stretch in that area. That’s is one difference I have noted between these and AA’s disco pants. Beyond that however, the I got the pants up and on and fastened so I was thrilled. They are super shiny and tight, and with their belt loops, small rivets and faux front pockets they do resemble a pair of jeans (or jeggings if you will). Only problem is that right below the zipper the seam started coming apart. I don’t know if that was already unstitched before I put them on or if it happened as a result of my wearing them. Either way it’s an easy fix. I am very happy with them and I will be looking around for a pair in black.

Also, I tried on the midnight navy AA disco pants I bought at the thrift store yesterday and they fit, too! A size small as well. This is the 2nd pair of AA disco pants in small that I have now been able to fit into. I remember not being able to get this kind of pants in small through my lower legs. Maybe these fit because they are pre-worn and have stretched a little. I’m just pleased that I now have two pairs of AA disco pants in small that I can fit into and didn’t cost a great deal.

Thinking a bit more about wearing those 2-tone AA disco pants yesterday……it was really enjoyable and I was pretty confident in them. I’m looking forward to the next time I wear them. Due to their leggings-like nature I feel they have an even more casual edge that the classic-cut disco pants don’t necessarily have. As I wrote in the past, I wouldn’t exactly put on my Le’Gambi spandex jeans just to go fill up on gas or make a trip to the post office. Yet with the AA disco pants, I feel I could do that. They’re basically leggings and leggings have become the epitome of casual clothing (for women at least). But I would feel totally comfortable and justified in putting on some AA disco pants to go get gas or drop off a package at the post office. So I have come to believe that, if not during the remainder of the year, I can totally wear AA disco pants with my tall Ugg-like boots during the winter season and be fine with it.

The next things to consider are:
1. Will I wear my other colors of AA disco pants?
2. Will I wear some of my other, shorter jackets with them?

I now have black, charcoal, brown, 2-tone black/pearl, purple, caramel, menthe, dark green & midnight navy AA disco pants. Will I wear all these colors this winter? If I am completely honest I have to say no. But I can see myself wearing the solid black and the charcoal ones. Midnight navy as well. But even though I mentioned earlier that I can fit into those size small midnight navy pants, I don’t think I can fit into them wearing Under Armour underneath. So I’d probably have to get a medium. I could probably also wear the brown one but since it is my only brown pair and it’s a hard color to find I may want to preserve them. Same is true with the charcoal. So I may just stick with wearing the two-tone and the solid black this winter. I’ll certainly look around for an inexpensive new or perhaps even a pre-owned pair. Not on eBay though. There is some serious price gouging on AA disco pants going on there!

This is certainly not to say that I will not be wearing any of my classic-fit spandex jeans this winter. In fact, with the new boots I received yesterday and an Uggs pair I bought last year, I have more options to pair them with. These two shorter boots will go better with the vintage style disco pants, while the tall boots will go great with the AA disco pants.

As far as wearing some of my shorter puffer jackets with the AA pants, yes, I think I should and I will. But I’ll admit I feel more comfortable with the longer jacket. But no progress is ever made if we just stay in our comfort zones, eh? I accomplished a lot in terms of disco pants in 2017 and it would not have happened had I just stayed in my comfort zone. By the way, I have several colors of puffer jackets as well, including, several in black, navy, gray and red/black. So I can create some nice pairings.

I like to live in the moment (and in the past) so I’m not crazy about trying to set goals. But I would like to make 2018 the best year yet in terms of disco pants. I’ll be staring off the year with my new look and new-found confidence so I think disco pants will play a large part for me. Thus, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect about 4-6 wearings per month when it’s not too hot. My two best months were October of ’12 and May of ’17 with 6 wearings each. So I’m aiming for at least 4 wearings per month up to a potential of 2 wearings per week. I believe those are very reasonable expectations. I will even try to start the year off right as I strive for 6 wearings in January. That month and February are dreadful months around here so doing this would bring a little pleasure into the dark of winter.

I may go out tomorrow but I’m not sure. Will I wear disco pants if I do? Again, not sure. If I do I may grab a vintage pair of black spandex jeans and wear them with my new brown boots. If I were going out for New Year’s celebrations I would definitely wear them. But I have no plans for that so it’s a moot point. I may just go shopping for some groceries for the festivities at night.

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I Wore AA Disco Pants Today For the First Time!

I’m very glad to say that today, for the first time ever in the 9 years of their existence, I wore American Apparel disco pants out in public. Not only that, but in case you didn’t read my last post, today’s wearing of disco pants was my record-setting 30th of the year which beats 2012 as the year with the most wearings. Two milestones in one day!

Of the two milestones I can’t help but be more enthralled with the AA disco pants debut. As planned I did wear the two-tone pair, and I wore them with my tall, black Ugg-like boots and a slightly longer black puffer jacket.

I went to two stores in them–my favorite local thrift store and then off to a large retail discount store, Burlington. It was a cold and gray day and later started to snow. No sunshine today.

So I went about my business of shopping and I didn’t really stop to notice any observations of me. Undoubtedly people noticed the skintight, shiny spandex pants on me along with the tall sheepskin boots. But I wasn’t looking for any attention or approval. I needed to be in my AA disco pants today and that’s all that mattered. Even if only 50% percent of the pants were actually visible to anyone including myself. It just felt right being in them and I tried catching glimpses of myself in mirrors without being too obvious.

So two major accomplishments in one day. There is a very important third aspect of today’s feat. I discovered that I can (and will) wear spandex jeans when it’s frigid cold outside. I wasn’t bothered by it leg-wise. I had my Under Armour tights on underneath and felt warm enough. Of course, my walking in the 15 degree weather was limited to going from the car to the store and back. If I had to spend significant amounts of time being outdoors perhaps the cold may have affected my legs. But the good news is that I spend very little time doing anything outdoors in this weather. So wearing disco pants in this weather is a very real option for me now. In fact, should I happen to go anywhere on Sunday, New Year’s Eve, I will wear a pair of disco pants!

Today just keeps getting better and better. While at the thrift store my radar eyes caught sight of a pair of midnight navy AA disco pants hanging there among all sorts of other kinds of women’s pants. I quickly snatched them up. They seem to be in pretty good shape–much better than the green one I found recently. This one also is a small and I’m hoping to try it on later.

Also today I received a brand new pair of H&M Divided disco pants in dark grey. It’s a small also and I hope to fit in it. This is my very first H&M disco pant so I have no experience with this brand’s sizing. But it is an incredible-looking pair. Very shiny, faux front pockets and belt loops give it a unique touch. I believe I once had a pair of H&M disco pants before but it had no back pockets. This one does.

Today I also received a brand new pair of Ugg-like boots. The one I already had is a tall in black. The new one is a short in chocolate. I really like this color and they will look great with disco pants.

In other news I have noticed that AA has eliminated the option of charcoal disco pants from its website. I would have imagined that was an in-demand color and now it is gone altogether. Hopefully they will bring it back. I still want to have a pair in that color modified. That is a great color.

I guess I could say today was a superb day. Between setting a new record and wearing AA disco pants and finding a pair while thrifting and getting a new one in the mail and receiving some new boots and other shoes, what more could I ask for? Maybe I’ll even win the lottery today!

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AA Disco Pants Debut to Wrap Up the Year?

I have one more spandex disco pants wearing to go for this year in order to make 2017 my record year. And only 3 days to go. Wouldn’t it be great if not only did I set that record but I set another at the same time? Yes, it would and so I’m strongly considering–call it planning even–to make my American Apparel disco pants public debut tomorrow!

It is extremely cold here lately. Teens and single digit high temps. Tomorrow will be no different. But tomorrow is my thrift store day and what better place to debut my AA disco pants at? It would be great to end 2017 with a bang!

So which one will I wear? Most likely my 2-tone black/pearl pair. Since it is so cold I will have to wear my Under Armour tights underneath. Yes, that means some of the seams will be seen under the disco pants, but I have already checked it out and it’s nothing too bad. If anything people will probably be more surprised to see me in those pants than they will by any seams visibly looming under the shiny, tight nylon and spandex material. The seams only show up in the pearl area anyway so it’s no biggie.

Since it’s been so frigid I’ve had to pull out my Ugg-like tall boots. And really the main reason I am favoring wearing the AA pants is because they will be tucked inside those boots for most of my lower legs. And with the longer puffer jacket I’ll be wearing there’s actually quite a small section of my disco-pants-clad legs that will be visible. So it’s actually a good way to debut them if one is a bit more self-conscious.

Last night I did compare the look of classic disco pants tucked into my boots vs. the AA pants tucked in. While the AA pants remain skintight on my legs going into the boots, the classic fit pants tend to loosen up right around the knees. So a keen observer may be able to tell which kind I’m wearing. But it would really take a serious fan of spandex pants to know.

I’ve said it before but what I find particularly attractive about these 2-tone disco pants is the sporty look they seem to offer. That alone makes them easier to wear from a male perspective. Someone who observes them from a distance might mistake them for being a pair of adidas tights or slim track pants. Also, they’re so much more comfortable than wearing jeans over my Under Armour tights.

Now I have to be realistic when I admit there’s a chance I will get cold feet tomorrow and not wear them. Even if that should happen I will at the very least wear one of my Le’Gambi pants. But there is another consideration: I tried on my Dr. Denim leather-like jeans with the same boots and jacket and I really like how they look, too. Also stretchier and more comfortable than regular jeans. Besides that, jeans aren’t all that warm anyway.

So the priority list for tomorrow will be:
1. AA 2-tone disco pant
2. Le’Gambi spandex jeans
3. Dr. Denim leather-like jeans

It will be slightly warmer tomorrow but I don’t expect much sunshine as snow is forecast in the early afternoon.

I will probably try on those outfits again later on today so I can make my decision final. I am also curious to see how it feels to wear these Under Armour tights under disco pants. Will my legs be warmer? If so, I won’t have to wait till spring to wear spandex jeans on a regular basis. Also I just may be able to make some good use this winter of all these AA disco pants I have!

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More Disco Pants While Thrifting & On The Goldbergs

Yesterday while thrifting I found a dark green pair of American Apparel disco pants. It was only $5 plus I got a 25% discount so can’t beat that! Only problem was the crotch area was pretty worn and there were many spandex fibers sticking out. I wasn’t sure I should buy the pants because of the heavy wear but finally I decided to do so. My plans for them weren’t clear and ranged from using them as extra material for a future project or reselling them on ebay. Did I mention they were a size small? For those reasons I was certain they were not going to suit me in any way. But in the evening I tried them on and voila! Not only did they fit but the wear on the crotch was not visible to me and probably anyone else who might have seen me in them. So I’m pretty happy with them. I took dozens of pics and am thrilled they fit skintight and look great!

This is the second pair of AA disco pants I have found in thrift stores.

I just saw an episode of “Friends”–the very last episode of 1999–called “The One With the Routine” (season 10, episode 6). It featured some of the cast dancing on The American Bandstand show and there was a female dancer there wearing skintight, shiny, neon green pants. They were clearly not what we would call spandex disco pants/jeans, but they were certainly spandex and had the same kind of fit and shine. These had belt loops, front pockets (probably faxu) and no back pockets. They looked really good. Here are a few blurry stills I found online of them:

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I think the pants look great. The actress is Sybil Azur and she was 27 in the photos. She is now 45! Amazing how time slips on by.

Also recently I caught that episode of “The Goldbergs” again where the Goldberg kids hold a party in their house and there are two shots of a girl wearing red spandex jeans. The first shot is a great front-on view while the second is a smaller, off-to-the-side view. Definitely worth seeing the episode though. Additionally, I have seen yet another episode of this show (“Agassi,” season 4 episode 13) where one of the main characters–Erica Goldberg played by Hayley Orrantia–is entering the high school gym wearing black disco pants for an evening of disco dancing. The episode is from 2017 and the pants are clearly American Apparel disco pants. There are plenty of shots of Erica dancing but mostly above her waist. So we only get to see her disco pants when she first enters the gym and then a final shot from above as the scene fades out. Here are the stills from that part of the show I was lucky enough to find online:

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There she is entering the gym. And…..

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there she is in the middle with her back towards us.

So there have been at least 3 instances now of spandex disco pants on this television show. Mind you this show is only in it’s fifth season now. Again it may be worth picking up this show on dvd. It is pretty funny and the characters tend to be rather cartoonish.

Not too long ago I picked up season 2 of “Magnum P.I.” on dvd and I’m hoping to find an episode or 12 with disco pants in them. Wish me luck!

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