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.