Royal Blue & Black Disco Pants Back!

Upon my most recent checking of American Apparel’s website (last night) black and royal blue are available once again. I went ahead and ordered a royal blue pair. I want to try to get all the missing colors in my collection including the ones I once had. AA currently has a promo going where you get $25 off a purchase of $75 or more. So I ordered the pants and a pair of socks for $8 which gave me a much lower price than just buying the pants alone. Yes, $8 for a pair of socks is expensive but my order came out to $59 as a result of reaching the threshold for the discount. Had I ordered just the pants I would have paid $80 with shipping and tax. Besides, the socks are really cute. Yes, straight guys can use the word ‘cute‘ and I just did. That reminds me, I need to re-order a pair of the black. I gave the one I had away to someone last Christmas and never replaced it.

Since they brought back the royal blue I am now more confident that they will bring back red at the very least. Like many other disco pant fans I am hoping they bring those other colors too as well as many others. Speaking of which, which colors would you like to see them in? Other than all the ones they’ve already had them in, I want to see wine red, bright green, copper, tan, baby blue, orange and lilac. The more the merrier. I’ll buy every color they put them out in. Just no prints.

I wore spandex jeans today for only the third time this month. Technically if I wear them the next five days I’ll end up with eight for the month. Still can set a record. Whether I actually will is debatable. I will try to get at the very least two more wearings this month. I will also try tomorrow. But this weather we’re having is just such perfect disco pants weather. I couldn’t ask for more comfortable and agreeable weather for me to wear shiny spandex jeans in. I happened to wear the very first, wearable vintage pair I bought–the black Bojeangles. The last time I wore this pair was to a wedding three years ago. It is an excellent pair and I need to get wearing them more often.

Also today I finally took in the medium charcoal pants and the Dr. Denim jeans to get altered. Apparently my idea to have a wider lower leg more uniformly is very possible. And also the pants can be lengthened. This is the best news ever. It pretty much means that I can have any pair of AA disco pants tailored to my liking. Well, almost. So it will take a week to get done. I am really excited about both pants. Once I get these back I will take the brown in to get done. After the brown I don’t think I’ll be doing any more. I’ll have pretty much what I want in terms of the straight leg fit. Plus I have to get into the mindset of wearing the skinny AA version.

Finally, in some more good news, Aliexpress is going to refund the money to me for those disco pants that never arrived. So that’s good. I will not be buying anything anytime soon from there again. There’s nothing I really need. Those disco pants are way too thin for wearing in cold weather so no point in trying to altering any either. I’m going to focus on my vintage-style and the AA ones because they look, feel and are the best.

 

 

 

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Baby Pink AA Disco Pants

I just received a new catalog fresh off the presses from American Apparel. And right there on pages 3 and 4 are their disco pants. There are 8 colors shown and in contrast to the last catalog, charcoal is not one of them. The eight colors are black, red, midnight, royal, freesia, deep peacock, pearl and menthe. However, I just checked online and only five colors are available there. Most surprising is that black is one of the three missing colors online. Also absent are the red and royal blue. I’m wondering if you can only get these missing colors in store or by phoning in. But that would make no sense! I should chat with an AA person online.

I’m really glad to have received another catalog. In well over ten years being their customer I don’t recall ever having received any before. But I’m thrilled to have some now especially with the disco pants photos in them and the lovely ladies wearing them. I love how the caption for disco pants reads, “You’ll need one in every color of this iconic style.” That’s for sure and then some!!

My baby pink AA disco pants came in yesterday. I was very excited to get those yet also concerned that they would not fit. When I finally tried them on last evening I had no fit issues! Fit like a glove and I would have it any other way. The pants had signs of heavy wear in the crotch and bum seam areas. No white fibers exposed but definitely a lot of over-stretching. Definitely not noticeable when wearing. So add one more color to my AA disco pant collection.

Now that I have three pairs of small AA disco pants and I can fit into all of them I am starting to think that perhaps small might be the ideal size for me. BUT, I must consider that these three pairs were all pre-worn and that could be why they fit me so easily. I’m not saying the women who wore them were all overweight as I am, but the whole cycle of wearing and washing and wearing and washing does take a toll on the material. That is precisely why I refrain from washing my disco pants (and jeans) unless absolutely necessary. Spot cleaning is about all I do with them. It’s pretty safe to say that every pre-owned pair I’ve ever worn I did not have washed first, except for that navy blue Jonden pair which I described as gross when I first received them. Everything else looked absolutely wearable as they came to me. Some people may find it gross that I hardly ever wash my disco pants or most of my jeans, but my belief is that you don’t need to wash those things unless you wear them everyday, sweat profusely in them or spend large amounts of time in unclean environments. I have enough spandex disco jeans and regular jeans that I can wear one each day without repeating for months on end. But I do find myself wearing a select few most of the time. Still my habits don’t meet the above criteria for frequent washing. I think Americans overwash their clothing at an alarming rate. That’s also the prime way to prematurely destroy raw denim and those beautiful dark blue rigid and rinse finishes.

Anyway, as I was saying earlier–I don’t think I’ll be buying brand new pairs in size small anytime soon. Used ones, okay. But not new. And since this pink one fits me to a tee, I won’t be giving it up anytime soon. Sorry, Russ! Russ is a long-time follower of this blog and disco pants enthusiast and wearer himself. He has provided a wealth of information regarding disco pants on television & movies and his own personal knowledge on them. Thanks, Russ!

Now pictures. Yes, pictures. I am slowly building up a nice portfolio of photos of me and my disco pants. When I first started buying these treasures nearly 10 years ago I was excited just to take pics of me in them. I didn’t care how I looked or how the other things I was wearing (or not wearing) paired with them. In fact, some of the best pics I have of me feature me not wearing shoes! And some of those pants I no longer have!! I hate that. I should have been more conscientious about that and more long-term sighted. That’s why starting sometime in 2016 I began to focus on complete outfits and articles that would compliment disco pants. As well as always wearing shoes for photo shoots. So since then I have come up with some really great pics. In terms of AA disco pants, I now have superb pics in the black/pearl 2-tone, menthe, pink, pearl, brown, midnight, forest green, freesia & charcoal colors. I still need to come up with some excellent ones in caramel, purple, deep peacock and black. Not to mention the colors I no longer have or never had.

Something I must stop doing is making predictions for how great some month will be for me in terms of disco pant wearings. I’m sure you’ve read any recent post where I declared that October would be a record-setting month for me. I am terribly disappointed to say that I have only two wearings this month. And I would have to get five more wearings between now and Halloween to tie my record month of August ’18 and one more to set a new record. Technically I could still do it. In reality I should get two wearings this week and another two next week. That’s reasonable. Two more to set a new record would be stretching. Truth is there are still a lot of things going on here that have interfered with my plans. Not just for wearing disco pants but all my non-disco pants plans as well. Still I will have to find the wherewithal to wear spandex disco pants as often as possible while the weather permits. Perhaps not focus so much on numbers but on just wearing them, enjoying them and having some fun.

In other news, I haven’t had any other pairs altered yet. Been having a very difficult time getting a hold of the seamstress and discussing with her in person. I am anxious to get this stuff done. There are three pairs of pants I want the lower legs widened on. First, there’s the charcoal disco pant in medium. If she is able to do what I’d like with that one then the second pair will be the brown disco pant. Finally, the third is a pair of Dr. Denim shiny, leggings-style jeans in black. The Dr. Denim jeans look like leather pants when wearing them. The fit is skintight from waist to ankle. I think they will look great skintight with a looser lower leg. Unfortunately, since these jeans are so hard to find pre-owned, I’m going to have to give her a brand new pair to cut up and use for extra material. That pains me. But I must think of it this way: I can either have two pairs of cool pants that I don’t wear other than for taking pics, or I can have one awesome pair that I will wear and often. I suppose the latter wins out.

In closing, I just want to warn you that I’m having another bad experience on Aliexpress. The two pairs of disco pants I ordered back in late July never arrived and the tracking info shows that they have been returned to sender. So now the seller has both my money and the pants and refuses to part with either. I had to open a dispute to try to get one of the two back. This is the second time something I order on that website never reaches me. I have placed plenty of orders with no problems, but two is too much now. I am waiting to see how Aliexpress will handle this. One of the things I failed to do was to request the seller to extend the time for me to receive the order. The seller did it several times as I was in communication with him/her, but once it slipped past my mind to extend some more, he/she felt no more obligation to cooperate with me and this is where we’re at now. Here’s some friendly advice: If you plan to purchase through Aliexpress, be sure to stay on top of delivery time. If you have not received your item within the delivery time window, ask the seller to extend it and keep extending it until you receive your item. I failed to do that both times I had bad experiences. The first time I just let it go because it was $11. This time it’s $35. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Right? This seller’s store name is Directsales Store. Avoid it like the plague. The reason I purchased from this store in the first place was because it was the only one selling a dark gray version of disco pants. And here we are nearly three months later and I still have not seen them. I realize the seller is not fully at blame here. My local postal service has to share in that blame. The tracking info shows the package was out on two different occasions for delivery but never delivered for whatever reason. Of course, now that the seller refuses to do the right thing hopefully Aliexpress will or I may just never buy from there again.

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Perhaps More Altered AA Disco Pants On the Way!

I heard some great news today. Without even asking I was told that extra length can be added to spandex disco pants to make them longer! Yes, this is what the tailor working on my disco pants told me today. She called to see if I wanted the white Chinese ones I took in elongated as well as widened. I told her not because the white ones are sufficiently long on me–no extra length needed. If I were doing the gray ones, then absolutely yes.

But all that aside, this means two great things for me:
1. I can have one of my medium charcoal AA disco pants elongated as well as widened
2. I can have the same done to my sole brown pair.

In fact, I plan on going sometime in the next two days with a medium charcoal and discussing this with her. I want to make sure we’re on the same page about this. And I want to see if there is a way she can widen the lower leg so that it’s less tight around the knee. I love what she did with the large pair but they are still form-fitting for much of the lower leg. If she can use a different method instead of an upside-down V-shape extra material insertion that might make them even better. Perhaps an upside-down U-shape. Instead of a gradual widening of the lower leg–which in the case of AA disco pants is not quite wide enough–perhaps a fixed widening with a little extra length. But it has to look natural. Again, I don’t want to start the insertion too high up on the legs. I know that if we were to begin the upside-down V-shape above the knees the lower legs would be loose enough to resemble the vintage-style spandex disco jeans. Definitely something we have to talk about.

Also, this has beckoned me to go ahead and buy a very small pair of brown AA disco pants just to be ready to have my medium pair altered. I just can’t believe I may actually have a vintage-fit brown pair I can wear around town. (Just in case anyone doesn’t know, the only difference between the vintage fit and AA fit is in the lower legs. The vintage fit is called a ‘straight-leg’ fit and technically is not supposed to cling to the lower legs but rather drape around them, whereas the AA fit is a super skinny or leggings-style fit and clings to the lower legs. The AA fit is skintight from waist to ankle. The vintage fit is skintight from waist to knees and then opens up to a vintage straight fit or comparably to a modern slim fit. But I must confess–I have a good number of vintage-fit pairs that are pretty tight on the lower legs, too, and only because they are a bit smaller than someone of my size should wear. But remember, there’s no such thing as too tight!)

In more good news today, I purchased a pre-owned pair of pink AA disco pants. I took a gamble with these; they’re a size small. Considering that I fit into both a forest green AA small and a midnight AA small convinced me that I could fit in these pink ones, too. Not only that but once I saw the main photo of the pants I had to buy them. An absolutely amazing fit pic by the owner. Take a look:

pink AA disco pants

That is one of the best fit pics I have ever seen. Reminds a bit of the ones Dorit Stevens wore in that Jeffersons episode a blogged about. Hers had a lot more shine because there were a lot more lights shining on them. But the look is very much like hers when she’d make subtle movements. Certainly hope those fit on me and I can get the same effect!

That’s one less color I don’t have now in terms of AA disco pants. The only one I really want to have is the cranberry red.¬† Let’s see if the new American Apparel will bring back the old colors and more.

 

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Spandex Disco Pants in “The Rosebud Beach Hotel” (1984)

I mentioned in the my last post that I took two pairs of the white Chinese disco pants to get altered when I picked up the charcoal AA pants. I’m pretty excited about those because they are bright white unlike any of the higher quality vintage pairs or AA pairs. So I’m going to have a sweet pair of uniquely white spandex disco pants that don’t fit like leggings! And a pair of bright white shiny spandex disco cutoff shorts for summer, too!

If you’re still on the fence about those Chinese disco pants, I do continue to recommend them. If you only get one or two colors go for black and white or navy. Just keep in mind that the lighter colors tend to be translucent as is true with the thicker, higher quality variety.

In other news, I just found out about a movie from 1984 called “The Rosebud Beach Hotel” which features The Currie Sisters as rock singers. Naturally, I wouldn’t even mention this flick if it weren’t for the fact that there is a scene of them performing a song called “Steel” at a beach wearing royal blue spandex disco pants. This takes place about 73 minutes into the film, with the film running a total of about 82 minutes. There are other scenes where they’re wearing shiny spandex one-piece outfits. I don’t care for those but if you do then there is more reason to watch the entire movie. The movie is characteristically 80s and other than the scene with the blue spandex jeans I wouldn’t care to watch it. Here is a still:

curriesisters

Quality is not very good, I know, but you can still see the body-hugging and shimmery aspects of the pants. Note how their pants, the stage floor and the drum set are all royal blue. Also note Fran Drescher in the lower left corner. I always thought she would look fabulous in spandex jeans herself. I wonder if she ever wore any….

This movie being from 1984 is one of the later examples of disco pants being seen. I’d say the peak period was from 1978-1982 with some drop-off in 1983-84 and much more sporadic instances the remainder of the decade. The nice thing about this example is that the individuals wearing disco pants were not shady types. They played themselves, as hotel workers who were discovered for their singing abilities. That was a refreshing change from the usual harlot-types or ditzy-types frequently found in these pants during this time.

Interestingly enough, this film and “Lovelines”, which I blogged about before and featured a character in gold disco pants and black disco pants, both came out in November of 1984. Apparently 1984 was ending on a good note in terms of spandex disco jeans.

Here is one more still of a closer view of one of the shiny blue pants:

The Rosebud Beach Hotel 1984 spandex disco pants

 

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Got My Newly Altered AA Disco Pants

I must apologize for not blogging yesterday regarding my altered AA charcoal disco pants. I didn’t get the pants until today. Seems like everything has been a day late recently. But I did get them nonetheless today and they are excellent!

Let me say that the length of the pants is virtually perfect. I had asked for the original hems to be taken down because I figured I could use every last millimeter of available material. While they were taken down another small hem was made. It is no problem though as the length is perfect with my high top Converse and my Chelsea boots. They may be a tad short to wear with the low top Converse but I need to verify this more in depth later. I do need to make sure that the hems are completely let out and no others made on the medium pair I will have altered next. I absolutely-no-exceptions-made need that extra length on the medium.

I am really thrilled with this pair and am looking forward to creating some outfits with them tonight. I have some ideas for more formal pairings as well as some casual ones. And I’m anticipating wearing this pair this coming week. So exciting!

How long have I been wanting to alter a pair in this color? Seems like a very long time. First I had been trying to get a second pair in this color in medium just so I could have the original AA style and my altered style. Then I realized getting a pair in large might be a better bet for me. Once that happened I scrapped the idea of having shorts made and sought out an inexpensive pair to serve as the extra material. With all the cards in place I took the goods in on a Saturday and picked up the finished product a Saturday later. And the price was nothing short of reasonable. In fact, I went ahead and dropped off two pairs of bright white Chinese disco pants to have one altered in a similar fashion and the other made into shorts!

So what I really want next is to have a charcoal pair in medium altered and my brown AA pair as well. Brown is a color I could get a lot of use out of, especially now that it’s fall and it’s a dark color. But I only have the single pair in brown, and I would prefer having at least a second one. But if they were to turn out as well as this charcoal–they could be even better actually since they’re medium and fit perfectly tight–I would not hesitate to use it.

I’m taller than average so the length on AA disco pants is a concern for me when altering them to more of a straight leg. But if you are of average height or less then there is no such problem for you. I am hearing that wide-leg, flared-leg and bell-bottom pants are making a comeback. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I kid you not. In fact, I have previously mentioned frequently seeing on social media a disco pant with hugely flared legs. As much as I despise flared legs these disco pants are still skintight from the knees on up so if you can avoid looking at the lower legs you’ll keep your lunch. Not only that but on Levi’s jeans website I saw a new cut offered for guys that is totally 90s baggy garbage. I was so disappointed to see that. Personally I will never go back to that style. I don’t care how pass√© my disco pants and skinny jeans become. I will continue to sport the ‘sausage legs’ look while most everyone else is drowning in the denim satchels that drape over their lower bodies.

Anyway as I have tried my AA pants I have found some room for experimentation. Methinks the calf areas of the pants still fit rather skintight so I am considering having the pants widened further there. I don’t know what the options are, if any. One thing I don’t want to do is start adding extra material higher up on the legs. That may fix the problem but I don’t like how that would look. Stuff to think about.

 

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Friday Is The Day For Altered AA Disco Pants

Tomorrow (Friday) is the big day. My altered charcoal AA disco pants will be ready! I hope it really turns out well. Perfect, that is. Again, depending on how good the result is I will have a medium pair done as well. But it really all depends on the length. Because while this large pair will suffice if it’s the best I can have, I do prefer the extra tightness of the size medium. I don’t think we can start to consider other things, such as adding extra length to the pants. Not sure that’s even possible.

This is the first time I’m having AA disco pants altered. The Chinese ones went fine–magnificent even-and I was fully pleased with them. But those were very inexpensive pants and they were pretty long at that.

So we’ll see how it ends up. Also see how much it’s going to cost me. I imagine it will be $40-45. You can see why at that cost I need to have some reasonable guarantees that the pants will fit me well. I am looking to share the news about these altered pants on Friday evening.

 

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Altered Charcoal AA Disco Pants Underway

Well, I didn’t wear disco pants on Friday nor did I take my charcoal pairs in to get altered. As I mentioned in my last post there is a lot of stuff happening. But I did go on Saturday and I wore disco pants. So a day late. And I end up with three wearings for the month.

The charcoal pants will be ready this coming Friday. I hope they turn out well. I’m really excited at the thought of having a pair in this color that I can wear more confidently. I am being pragmatic and allowing for the possibility that it will at worst be too short on me. Also I’m concerned slightly that the pants may end up with a flared look to them. I don’t mean like boot cut or, worse, bell-bottoms. But since the pants are around five inches wide around the knees and I want a seven inch hem there will be a slight widening of the pants on the lower legs. If it does turn out disastrous (hyperbole) I can always wear them inside my Ugg or Emu boots.

I decided to go with the large pair of charcoal disco pants. I really prefer the fit of the medium but it is noticeably shorter than the large and I need every iota of length I can get. I even compared one of my other medium charcoal pairs and it was shorter than the most recent medium pair I bought. Strange. Of course, if this turns out to be a stellar job I will strongly consider having the medium altered as well. That’s why I told them to save the remainder of the xxs pair I gave to use for extra material. The only problem–and I just noticed this on Thursday night–is that the xxs pair is a heckuva lot shinier than the large. Noticeably shinier. I don’t think it will be a big issue since it will be on the inside legs and not much will be used. But I do wonder why there is such a discrepancy in shininess of the two pairs. Three rather. The medium is shinier than the large but not as shiny as the xxs. So it’s either a result of the wash & wear habits of the previous owners or of different production run date discrepancies.

It has been very difficult to find a large pair of charcoal AA disco pants. Chances are I will probably not find another. Come to think of it, why would I want another? The fit is less than ideal. I mean, if I’m going to wear a pair that looks like leggings I want them to be tight as possible. That’s how the mediums fit. And that’s why I’m still considering having a medium altered. But we’ll see how the large goes.

October starts tomorrow. I could get the month started in the right way by wearing disco pants. Not sure I will but the possibility is certainly there. We’ll see what happens.

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