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:


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:

The Donnas

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


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:


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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Fifth Wearing of the Year – Black AA Disco Pants

Yesterday I wore a brand new pair of the old American Apparel disco pant–what I call the originals from before the time they shut down–in black size large. This was a pair I bought a year or two ago on ebay for a pretty good price. I paired them with my Ugg-style tall boots and a black puffer jacket and headed to the mall. This was the fifth wearing of the year and the first for this month of February.

Since it is still very cold here I did wear Under Armour tights under the disco pants. To tell you the truth, though, I didn’t even notice any seam lines underneath them. Maybe because the pants are a size large. But don’t get me wrong–they are still a skintight fit. The main difference between large and medium and small is all in the waist. I can fit into all three of those sizes but the major difference is in how they feel on my waist. Ideally, small gives me the best fit since I prefer disco pants to fit tight as possible. But after some time they start to hurt in the waist. And I’m not sure they would fit over the Under Armour. Medium gives me some more breathing room and is still an exceptional fit, but might also start to hurt in the waist after a few hours. Large is absolutely comfortable in every way possible but is a little loose in the crotch. So for purposes of going out I think large is the utmost in ideal for me though my true love lies with medium.

This is the only pair of AA disco pants I own in large. Most all my other ones are mostly medium and a few small. This includes both the originals and the newer ones. I think it’s safe to say that the new mediums are similar to the old large ones. So once again I am thinking I’d like to get some of the darker colors to wear this winter before I switch over to the straight leg spandex jeans for spring.

One bit of good news is that the color charcoal is back on the AA website as a choice for disco pants. However, when you click on it you’re not able buy that color yet, but at least it has reappeared and it’s just a matter of time before¬† it will be available. I can’t wait! I have been looking so forward to having a pair of true gray, shiny, spandex jeans to wear. Yes, since I currently have two pairs of the originals in charcoal I could already have had one made for me. But the thought of cutting up either one pains me. Especially the most recent pair I just got earlier this year. I bought them from a girl on whom they looked unbelievably amazing. And then when I put them on they looked amazing on me too. So I think I’ll leave that one as is and modify the brand new pair I bought a few years ago on ebay. Once these new charcoal pairs become available I’ll buy one and use it for the extra material needed to make straight legs out of the original pair. However it’s not like I’m not lamenting buying a new pair just to cut it up. But I will have shorts made out of the new one I buy. Thus in the end I shall have:
1. Charcoal AA disco pant (original)
2. Charcoal AA disco pant (original, modified straight-leg)
3. Charcoal AA disco pant shorts

The cool thing about wearing AA disco pants is that most people who see me probably have no idea what they are. Especially guys. Oh, some girls might wonder, “Is he wearing disco pants?” But most probably wonder if I’m wearing leggings, meggings, tights or some type of exercise gear.

I just had a thought–will AA disco pants be long enough on me to make into straight leg pants? The Chinese ones turned out to be a perfect fit. But that is something I should look into before making all these grand plans!

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Another Unique Characteristic of H&M Disco Pants

I changed the face of my blog a bit. Made it a little more thematic by adding some of my personal favorite photos. Mainly of the pants. I tried not to include any faces just in case one of the wearers should find themselves on this blog. At the same time though I made my page a little more daunting to look at. You’ll have to be careful if you’re checking this out in some public area. No, there’s not risque here or inappropriate, but if you’re seen reading here others may surely label you as a fetishist or other. I think the background is lovely but I may end up going back to previous one. It makes it a bit more challenging for me as well to write here because I have privacy issues. Anyway, the left and right columns of photos are some really great ones and some of them are even my own!

There was one additional difference between the H&M disco pants and AA’s (as well as the classic straight-leg version) that I failed to mention in my respective post. The wide jean-like seam that is found on the outside leg (outseam) on AA pairs and straight-leg pairs is on the inside leg (inseam) of the H&M spandex pants. And the narrow inseam found on AA and vintage-fit disco pants is the outseam of the H&Ms. Is this important? Not terribly. Even though most of the jeans I own and have owned have featured the narrow seam on the outside leg and the wide seam on the inside leg, I have seen plenty where the reverse was true. I believe the original designers decided to go with the wide seam outwards in order to give spandex disco pants a more jeans-like look. I suppose they thought the narrow seam on the outside legs might give the pants the appearance of being tights. Of course I’m only specualting here.

As far as jeans go, I have always preferred the narrow seam on the outside. I think it makes for a smoother overall look. In the case of disco pants, I’m not bothered by the wide seam on the outside but I would prefer it on the inside leg. When the pants are particularly tight, the wide seam on the outside leg follows the shape of your legs and lower body in a very noticeable manner. In this case I’d prefer having a narrow seam outside which would make it a lot less visible if the pants are extremely tight.

So I really like the design of the H&M disco pants. They have the unique faux front pockets, belt loops, jean-like rivets and narrow outseams. If I were designing my own version of spandex jeans I would really borrow from these ideas. The areas in which I would improve on would be using a nylon/spandex material that is 1. slightly more shiny and 2. more stretchy side-to-side and of course I would make it in a straight-leg version.

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Steel Blue Debut!

I’m up to four wearings for this month and for this young year. It being the 26th day of January you might expect me to have more wearings by now. But it’s okay. I’m still on pace to make this the best year ever in terms of wearing disco pants.

Yesterday I wore my ever faithful black, small-label Le’Gambi pair which was the second pair of black Le’Gambi pants I bought way back in 2012. It still remains one of my faves. I paired it with white, low-cut Converse sneakers and a short, black puffer jacket. Went to a couple of thrift stores.

Earlier this week though I wanted to do something different. Something a bit more interesting. So I wore my steel blue Le’Gambi pair. Yes, for the first time ever I wore that color out in public. I went to the Burlington discount store and later to a grocery store. I wore my longer, black puffer jacket with that one. But it felt great to get out there in a different color.

So far this year I have acquired two additional pairs of spandex jeans. A brand-new-with-tags AA pair of the before-they-closed variety. And a no-name vintage pair in a color I didn’t have. I also await a pair I purchased online which is similar to AA’s but of a different brand. It was cheap enough so why not? Also I had a wine-colored pair sitting around the house which when I purchased looked to small to fit me. But I tried it a few days ago and I think it’s a perfect fit. So I guess I can call it another official addition and a new color.

I cannot imagine at this point buying too many more pairs. Yes, there are still some AA pairs I want to get and a few more colors I’m hoping they will soon offer. But I think it’s safe to say I will not be buying any more of the Chinese ones nor any of the skinny fit ones (excepting AA of course). In terms of vintage, unless there’s a color I’ve got to have–think bright green, brown or gray–I will be slowing down majorly. I have lost some weight and hope to lose more so I may need to update my collection of new Le’Gambi and Bojeangles pairs.

I am not sure if I am going to have any more Chinese pairs made into the straight leg style. I think I will just wait to get more pairs of the AAs in charcoal and brown and have those converted. Currently I have 2 charcoal and 1 brown. I thought AA was going to soon sell the charcoal once again but for whatever reason they scrapped that color in favor of some of the more questionably popular choices such as menthe, deep peacock & royal. I’m very sure charcoal was one of their most popular, especially considering it was one of the last few colors they were still offering before they shut down.

It would be great to have a straight-leg spandex jean in the charcoal color. If AA were selling this color I would have already bought a pair and then shopped around for a used one to use as extra material for the legs. As I mentioned, I already have two but both are so nice I can’t bear to mess with them. Brown will be more difficult as they are harder to find and moreso in a size medium which is what I need. Cranberry red is also one I want but it too is harder to find.

But now the most important thing for me is to start wearing these pants everywhere I go. When it’s really cold I can wear my AAs with some Under Armour. When it’s at least in the 30s I can wear my classic ones. Only trouble is, when it’s in the 80s and above I can’t wear any unless I really slim down. Also I like jacket weather so I have pockets to put my keys and things.

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