First AA Disco Pant Summer Wearing!

Guess what? I wore my American Apparel black disco pants today! Yes, I did!! I know it’s not the first time I wore these pants, but it is the first time I wore them in summer. There were no tall boots to hide behind today.

I pulled out my large pair which I bought on ebay a couple of years ago. This is one from the original made-in-the-USA stock. They fit very comfortably. In terms of my ideal fit I would prefer tighter up top. But these are great nonetheless. I put them on and rolled up the hems about 4 widths. I thought that would give them a more sporty look and less of a full leggings look. Then I slipped on my white high top Converse and I was ready to go. I loved the look! Oh, and I wore a bright green checked shirt to kind of distract from the pants.

Considering that I dressed like this on a Saturday and went to a really busy store (that I really dislike may I add) I was rather impressed with myself. By the way, the store is Sam’s Club. I hate any store where I have to wait a long time to pay for the items I need and then go to another line where I have to show proof that I paid. Not only that but  they’ve been allowing pushy, outside marketers/salespeople to set up shop in strategic areas of the store and try to sell you things you don’t want or need. Furthermore, there are a lot of rude small business owners who shop there and cut in front of you and are very annoying. They act as though the world is ending right now. Regardless, I saw at least one woman looking down in the direction of my pants. Nothing else there but then again I don’t continually peruse the scene to see if anyone’s looking at me. I want to appear relaxed, comfortable and as though I couldn’t care less what anyone thinks.

After there I went to Dunkin Donuts and there was a guy sitting by the window who saw me as I was walking towards the doors. I’m sure that after I passed him inside the store he looked again and wondered what the heck I was wearing. Or maybe not. Finally, I stopped at a Walgreens to drop something off. This particular Walgreens has mirrors up on the wall as you go towards one end of the store. These mirrors are tilted down so that you can see who is in the aisles. I looked at my reflection in them and felt I really looked good. I didn’t want to go to this store initially but I forced myself to walk around and be seen in these pants. The more you do that the less inhibition you have about it.

And that was it. I consider today to be a milestone day. Did something new and different in regards to disco pants. And I enjoyed it. In fact, I even started thinking about getting some other colors in a size similar to this black one to wear out. Perhaps not the really loud colors but in all honesty AA currently only has black, navy, royal, pearl, peacock & menthe. The red sold out some weeks ago and they haven’t restocked. I’m wondering if that’s some kind of a harbinger. But I can definitely see myself wearing the navy, royal and pearl. Of course I already have charcoal, brown, navy, hunter green, gold, purple and menthe. But most if not all of them are medium or small.  Regardless, I have to think most anyone who saw me today probably thought I was wearing running tights or some kind of spandex athletic compression wear. Our society has grown so casual that you can combine your exercise gear with casual clothing and wear them together as a casual outfit. I think that’s great. That’s one of the things I love about this modern day and age. Even in the late 70’s and 80’s when the original disco pant were in style, most no one would wear them just to go out shopping or run other errands. They were considered a ‘nighttime’ or ‘party’ or ‘clubbing’ or ‘dancing’ or ‘concert’ or ‘special occasion’ garment. (However, for the hard-core fan all bets were off and they were worn anytime and anywhere). Nowadays disco pants are a much more casual item of clothing to be worn in most any scenario.

Last night I purchased two pairs of charcoal AA disco pants. One is a medium the other a large. Both were described as new without tags. And I got each for about $40. So finally, I can have my modded pair made up and a pair of shorts made. I am really excited about this. I have been wanting a pair of vintage fit disco pants in the AA gray color since forever and soon it will happen. Now I have to reevaluate whether I should get some of those gray Chinese disco pants I was thinking about. I probably still will but I wish they cost less.

That’s my news for today. Another point is I’ve got two wearings in a row now. Don’t know if I’m going anywhere tomorrow but if I do I will be sure to wear at the very least some disco pants shorts (aka mid-length m/leggings) if not some pair of disco pants.

Oh yeah, someone at home did ask me today if my AA disco pants weren’t too tight. I said no and that they’re very stretchy. That question was followed by ‘aren’t they too hot to wear in this weather?’ Again I said no and that they’re very lightweight and better than jeans in hot weather. I also added that they are good for folks with back problems, which I do suffer from. Another excuse to wear them and often!

Something I need to seriously think about is where to go from here. Should I try to wear these at least once a week now? Should I wear them without the hems rolled up? Should I start thinking about what color to wear next even though I don’t have any other AA pants in size large? I have a thrift store navy pair which is size small and fits amazing, but am I ready to wear it out? Ditto for the dark green. I have a few pairs of the charcoal in medium, but the made-in-USA pairs fit tighter than the new made-in-Mexico pairs so the mediums will still be a completely skintight fit. But since I have a large on the way I may be able to start with it and then slowly ‘downsize.’ We’ll see how all that goes.

 

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Disco Pants All The Time

I’m currently in one of those moods/modes where I just wanna think about, talk about and wear disco pants, disco pant shorts or even shiny leggings.

I wore my Chinese modded black dupes today but I almost wore a pair of AA disco pants. To make myself look good, I’ll just say I opted to go with the Asian pair because it was really hot today and they are much thinner. The truth is I’m still a bit hesitant to get into super skinny disco pants and get out there. But I was even toying with the idea of wearing the skinny version and rolling up the hems a bit for a modern look and a summery feel.

I feel as though I am almost there in terms of wearing the AA pants. Mind you, I did wear them a few times this past winter but, as mentioned before, they were tucked into my tall Ugg-style boots so no one could really know they were skinny/leggings style. For whatever reason, being out in public in skintight shiny spandex from waist to ankles is still a daunting task for me. On the one hand there is plenty of excitement at the thought of it since I love AA pants and wearing them. On the other hand, there is some dread. Of what I’m not completely sure, but probably something that would seem pretty trivial at the end of the day.

So why is it that I can feel comfortable in shiny skintight spandex from waist to knees but not from waist to ankles? Well, I have rather skinny legs, especially the lower legs. A long time ago when I was wearing tight jeans at one of my jobs, a co-worker said I had ‘chicken legs’ and that’s something I have never forgotten. Not that this guy’s opinion on anything actually matters to me. He himself had no sense of style or individuality. But it’s the term ‘chicken legs’ that he used and that I have seen all over the internet when the discussion centers on guys wearing skinny jeans or spandex pants of any kind. It’s a stupid term and one used only to discourage guys–particularly ones who don’t spend countless hours at the gym chiselling their legs–from wearing form-fitting lower body garments.

When you wear shorts are you not revealing the shape and definition of your legs? So how is it different from wearing something that is colored and fits over those legs like another skin? Aren’t you seeing the same thing, except that now it’s in a different color? I realize the style for men’s shorts has been horrible in terms of length and width. I, too have worn those baggy cargo shorts that resembled bells over my upper legs (and knees). I’ve seen guys wearing shorts that go below the knees even.  And crew socks up to their mid-calfs. What is the point of that? Might as well wear pants. It will feel the same and it won’t be half as foolish looking.

So when I wear plain ol’ regular shorts anyone can tell how skinny my legs are. I don’t think wearing AA style disco pants or leggings is going to exacerbate that. So why don’t I then? I think there is still the issue of my being top-heavy. When I wear my vintage-style disco pants (or any pants that don’t grip my lower legs) I feel it balances out my upper heaviness with the thinner legs. Sounds like a good reason. But it doesn’t explain how I have no problems wearing some of the super and extreme skinny jeans that I have. They wrap around my lower legs just like tights and yet it doesn’t bother me going out in them.

Every time I come up with a reason I can also shoot it down with solid reasoning.

I can’t wear AA-style disco pants out in public.”
— I already have several times this year

When I did wear AA disco pants a good portion of the lower legs were tucked into tall boots.”
— I have worn super skinny and extreme skinny jeans with low top sneakers, thus no part of the lower legs were covered up

I feel awkward wearing something that is skintight from waist to hem.”
— I wear skinny jeans that are skintight from waist to hem

I feel awkward wearing something that is shiny from waist to hem.”
— I wear spandex disco pants often

I feel weird wearing something that is skintight AND shiny from waist to hem.
— OK maybe I got one here. Still, technically I have already done it even though my boots covered them. It would be a first without the boots.

I feel people will know I’m wearing AA disco pants ergo they’ll know I’m wearing women’s pants.”
— I have already worn jeans that I would say were clearly women’s. And even with the many times I have worn spandex jeans no one has ever declared that I was wearing women’s pants. Furthermore, most people either will not notice what you’re wearing or not even know one way or the other

I want to wear them but I don’t see any other guys around here wearing them or meggings for that matter. Heck, I don’t even see any women wearing disco pants.”
— I can’t do anything about that. The only thing I will get by waiting to see other people wear what I like is older and more unattractive. Be a trend setter!

As you can see I don’t have any legitimately good reasons for NOT wearing AA-style disco pants. And I really do think that rolling their hems up a little will make them a bit more ambiguously modern, sporty and even metro.

At the thrift store I usually go to I found some months ago a pair of H&M joggers. They have front and back pockets and a drawstring waist. They have zippered, scrunched up hems which when fully zipped give a tight fit. So the upper legs are rather loose but the lower legs are tight. I blame these pants for stirring up my interest in the leggings-like fit of AA’s disco pant. I really like these pants but wish they were tighter up top. Oh, and they have a bit of a dropped crotch which I don’t like much either. The rear patch pockets hang very low on the bum. I would love to find a slimmer and even shiny version of these pants!

And speaking of thrift stores, today was my day to go. As I wrote in the beginning, I wore my black modded Asian pair. Since they have the wider lower leg I can actually roll them up to my knees and give the impression I’m wearing shorts. But why do that when I already have such shorts? Anyway I did find another pair of great leggings today. I came into a black pair of AA leggings. So four weeks in a row I find some awesome leggings. This pair today has the disco pant look more than the other AA pair I found a few weeks ago. That one has more of a leathery look to it. I also found a pair of Levi’s 510 in Rigid Stretch which upon my first attempt to get on did not fit. If I am able to get them on they will be a very, very tight fit.

In other news, I found something very interesting while looking around at meggings:

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That is something that a meggings store calls “mid-length megging.” I was totally taken aback by that since they resemble my disco pant cutoff shorts. I was thinking that people were going to think I was wearing spandex shorts or biker shorts or something like that. But anyone who is hip might actually think I’m wearing mid-length meggings! And I may have to change the name of my disco pant cutoff shorts to mid-length disco pants. I love the name!

But as I started this post, I have disco pants on my mind all the time lately. I’m now in the mood to where them everywhere I go. I mean every casual place I go. Still wouldn’t wear them to certain places. But all my daily routine type places are fair game now. When I dropped off a package at the post office today there was a medium-small line waiting to be served. I went to the front and laid down my package and everyone in line surely noticed the super shininess of those Chinese disco pants. Later, when I was headed to enter the thrift store doors there were some 20-something girls behind me. With the sun shining as it was today there is no doubt they noticed what I was wearing. All of us reached the doors about the same time and two of them entered first, but the third stepped back and let me go in before her. Probably wanted to get a back view of my pants!

Tomorrow is going to be another hot one. And I will be going out for errands again. While I most likely will wear my ‘mid-length disco pants’ I will leave the possibility for wearing a pair of AA disco pants. Maybe the black size large. Or the medium 2-tone.

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Farrah Fawcett’s Disco Pants In “Small Sacrifices”

I recently learned of a movie from 1989 called “Small Sacrifices” which stars Farrah Fawcett. The significance of this film? Spandex disco jeans, of course!

Farrah plays a character that kills one of her children and shoots the others. At the end of movie she gets convicted and it is in the final scenes that she is seen in gold disco pants. Add this one under the column of “unsavory characters who wore disco pants.”

Here are a few stills from the film:

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There she is being led from the courthouse to a van that will transport her to prison. The interesting thing is that she was allowed to dress like this for her sentencing in court. I know it’s just a movie and anything can happen in the fantasyland of Hollywood. I have always heard that you must wear formal clothing in the courts. Perhaps it doesn’t apply to sentencing or again perhaps it’s just Hollywood’s whims.

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There she is being transported in the van. She is wearing some crazy, tall boots here. They go up to her knees.

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Finally, there she is at the prison complex being led to wherever they lead you to in a prison complex. I imagine she probably was not allowed to wear her precious shiny spandex jeans in her cell. Well, you know what I say–if you’re being hauled off to prison you might as well go in disco pants! God knows you won’t be wearing any for a long, long time. And for me, a week is a long time to go without them!

I haven’t watched this film. It looks interesting enough. It is on YouTube in its entirety so you can view it there. As I mentioned initially, it is from 1989 but based on events that took place in 1983-84. So while at first I thought it was a rather late date to see someone in spandex jeans, once I checked out Wikipedia the storyline of ’83-’84 made a lot more sense. But I doubt that the real life person Farrah portrayed actually dressed liked this for her sentencing and one-way trip to the big house. Trust me, I looked for photos. I know it’s just Hollywood’s sensationalizing and, in this case, another shot at ‘evil-izing’ our beloved disco pants.

I’m not sure if Farrah ever wore disco pants on Charlie’s Angels. She was gone as a regular come season two. That classic, ubiquitous photo of them in disco pants is not from the first season as she is not one of the three. Since the first season ran from ’76-’77 and disco pants came about sometime during or after the summer of ’78 (Grease), then I have pretty much cleared up any doubt. However, she did make several more appearances through 1980 so she may have worn spandex jeans in any of those episdoes. It’s actually not a bad show to get on dvd if you don’t already.

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Disco Pants, Leggings & Tights–Oh My!

OK. I didn’t wear disco pants today. I blew my 3rd wearing for the month today because in the spirit of the World Cup, I wanted to wear something a bit more World Cuppish. Now, I could have totally worn a pair of spandex jeans instead of the Nike track pants with the jersey I donned and I would have been just as colorful. My original plan had involved that actually. But I knew the jersey was already an attention grabber and disco pants would have completely given me the spotlight which I try to avoid as much as possible.

So no wearing today but I promise myself that within the coming 9 days there will be 2 or 3 wearings. Let me just say that those navy blue Jondens really looked great when I tried them on last night. Oh and I did find another pair of shiny leggings/tights. It’s a vintage pair, made in the USA, black, 85% nylon, 15% lycra. The brand is Rainbeau bodywear. So they are old but in very good shape. I tried them on and they have that vintage shine. I can’t tell the size because I don’t see it marked on the tags but it does fit like tights/leggings should yet without being too hard to put or take off. Speaking of tights I have not yet found my black Eastbays. Must keep looking!

As I have been reading about leggings lately, I came across questions and answers about the subject on Quora. I found a question that asks if anyone only wears leggings. A young woman gave 19 reasons why she loves leggings and I’d like to go through them all and see how her answers would correlate to my love for disco pants. Let us begin with her first reason followed by my commetary:

1. They are literally the comfiest things ever made. They’re the only bottoms that you have absolutely no problem falling asleep in.

I think disco pants can be comfy but some of the tightest ones I’ve worn start to really hurt my waist. But below the waist, yes, they are superbly comfortable. I’m sure that when they first came out people thought, “How can something so tight be so comfortable?” I’ve been asked whether they are very hard to get into and out of. Some can be if they’re very small. Others are not yet they’re still a second skin. And I have gone to bed several times in disco pants. The first time was at a campgrounds. I had been wearing my black Bojeangles that evening and just decided to go to bed in them. The other times were at home with those loose fitting Chinese disco pants that I am now considering wearing out.

2. There are leggings for every types of occasion. Faux leather leggings, jean leggings, patterned leggings, fleece-lined leggings…you have to have them all!

While there may not be different disco pants for every occasion, they have always seemed to be made for every occasion. Different colors. Different fits. A color and fit for every occasion. How many times have I written about the versatility of disco pants? They really are perfect for anything from taking a walk, going for a bike ride, heading out to a grocery store, school (if allowed), church, the job (if allowed), a concert, a wedding, a party, etc. I would even say they’re fine for less pleasant events–whatever may come to your mind–because hey, after all, it’s already an unpleasant event so you might as well wear something you really like that makes the event a little more tolerable!

3. They’re the only things that feel like pajamas without looking like pajamas. No one could ever guess that you slept in them last night.

Yeah, they feel like pajamas without looking like such. OK. They definitely will not wrinkle in the areas that fit like a second skin so no one will know you wore them to sleep. Perhaps you may even have some sweet dreams if you slept in your disco pants.

4. They’re better for traveling because they’re lighter. That means more room for your shoes!

They are definitely lighter. I have to do some weight comparisons with some of the various pairs I have and some leggings and some jeans. If I were to only pack disco pants that would mean more room for my shoes which is important because I too like to travel with a good variety of shoes. It also means I would be forced to wear disco pants since I didn’t pack any other type of pants!

5. You have no problem wearing them with boots (unlike jeans). Just because jeans say they’re “boot cut” doesn’t mean they’re going to tuck nicely into your boots.

I think she might be a little confused on this one. Boot cut jeans are those that fit over boots, not inside them. Their very name implies that they are meant to fit over boots. But if you’re going to wear Ugg-type boots and you want to tuck boot cut jeans inside them it may create some extra bulk in there, not to mention a possible unpleasant look. But anyway, disco pants go great with boots. I have worn mine with Dr. Martens, Uggs, ankle boots and Chelsea boots and they all pair up greatly.  And depending on the fit of the disco pants, they can go either inside the boots or over them.

6. They don’t cut off your circulation. Did you know someone once died trying to fit into skinny jeans?

Well, disco pants can cut off your circulation. Of course, that’s just a euphemism. And I’m sure no one actually died trying to fit into skinny jeans. Reports of any such incident have been greatly exaggerated and unfortunately highly circulated around the web. But you can wear disco pants that look painted on without risking any discomfort.

7. They’re the perfect solution for when your top is too long to be a shirt, but too short to be a dress. They literally resolved the problem of the century.

This is a scenario I cannot speak on. I don’t wear shirts that long. I don’t like them. And I don’t wear dresses. But I can see that from a woman’s point of view, disco pants would also be a perfect solution to this dilemma.

8. One word: Jeggings. These are God’s greatest gift to the modern millennial woman.

In case you don’t know, jeggings are leggings that are made to look like jeans. So they might have some actual, functional pockets on the back. Or they might be mock pockets (mockets?) and may have a mock button and zipper flat on the front. They may also have a denim look to them. Some of them look so much like a pair of super skinny jeans that  folks can be fooled by them. Jeggings are one step closer to disco pants than leggings are. Regardless, I say that disco pants are God’s greatest gift to mankind period.

9. Most of our favorite celebrities regularly rock leggings. If Beyoncé wears them, then I’m going to wear them.

I guess this can apply to disco pants as well. In the past it was Sheena Easton, Leif Garrett, Shaun Cassidy, Menudo, Charlie’s Angels, Dorit Stevens, “Johnny Fever”, Crystal Gayle, Chaka Khan, KC, John Waite, Kate Bush, The Brothers Johnson, etc. With the second, modern wave of disco pants it was celebrities less known to me and mainly all women–a few exceptions here and there including The Lemon Twigs. But I can say, “If Leif Garrett and Menudo wore disco pants, I’m going to wear them.” Or “The Lemon Twigs wears disco pants and so will I.”

10. You have complete flexibility in them. You need me to climb a tree to save that cat? Lucky I have my leggings on!

I’m less hesistant to apply this to wearing disco pants. While I do feel they give you complete flexibility, I would never climb a tree in them nor do anything else that might easily damage them. I wouldn’t even sit down on concrete in them. I’m very careful when I do wear spandex jeans.

11. They show off your curves. There’s nothing wrong with flaunting what you got, if that’s what you want!

They sure do! And I agree there’s nothing wrong with flaunting what you got, if that’s what you want. That’s not what I want but to each his own.

12. They looked good with literally any type of shoe.And this means a whole new world of possible outfits.

She might be overgeneralizing here because unless you like every type of shoe that’s out there you’re not going to like how they pair up with other items. So while I believe that disco pants look good with a great number of types of shoes, there are some types of shoes that look awful with anything. You’ll never hear me say that disco pants look good with Crocs. Never! But yes, the many shoe types that spandex jeans do look good with does create a whole new world of possible outfits. I used to be hardcore Converse only with them. Now I’ve seen how great Uggs, Dr. Martens and dressier boots go with them.

13. They are usually super inexpensive. You can own dozens and dozens of pairs without breaking the bank.

The only super inexpensive disco pants out there are the Chinese made ones and possibly some pre-owned pairs found on Depop & Poshmark. So this doesn’t necessarily apply to spandex jeans. But that hasn’t stopped me from owning dozens and dozens of pairs! Even if I had to break the bank!!

14. You can easily transition them from day-to-night attire. Take off the hoodie and throw a sparkly top on with heels and you’re ready to party.

Absolutely. Word for word this applies to disco pants. I’ll just throw a masculine spin on it: take off the hoodie or tee and sneakers and throw on a blazer with some Chelsea boots and you’re ready to party.

15. They can also easily transition into gym clothes. Just trade your top for a sports bra and hit those weights!

Absolutely! Personally I would not wear my best disco pants in this situation but I would wear the Asian made ones or the pre-owned AA ones I found at thrift stores. I know some women do wear theirs for physical fitness activities.

16. You can eat whatever you want without your pants feeling too tight. This means they’re perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts!

That is true but if you are wearing some of those really tight disco pants that are cutting into your waste you will feel them cutting even more after eating. That is easily solved by wearing some that aren’t so tight in the waist. However, I wore one of my new pairs to church on a Thanksgiving once and I ate a large meal. After getting home I checked out the pants and they showed some signs of damage. Lesson learned. When I’m going to eat a big meal, wear looser disco pants or one that I adore less than others. Otherwise, yes, they are perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts.

17. High-waisted leggings can help hold everything in (comfortably). You can never tell whether I’ve had Chipotle or not.

This is one I cannot relate to with disco pants. (I suspect leggings wouldn’t help either). I have problems with disco pants revealing my upper body weight issues. Anyone who sees me wearing spandex disco jeans will be able to tell that I need to lose weight and tone up the abs.

18. Anyone who is against leggings has probably just never owned a pair. And thus we should all feel sorry for them.

I don’t see how this is a reason she loves leggings but okay whatever. I’ll agree that anyone who is against disco pants has probably never owned a pair and should be sympathized. I’ll also add that the anti-disco pant people are just too darn lacking in confidence to wear them. They too should be pitied.

19. Because no one should tell you how you should or should not dress! Fashion isn’t about pleasing anyone else but yourself!

Again, not exactly a reason why she loves them, but I totally agree with the sentiment. No one should tell you how to dress but of course they will. Because while we believe we have the freedom to dress as we wish, the naysayers believe they have the freedom to tell us that we shouldn’t. And that’s how it is. The key is, as she says, to please yourself. Make yourself happy. I still think that most people, even though they may despise what you’re wearing, will actually respect you for having the gumption to do so.

This has been a long post. It’s going to be a little longer.

Other people resonded to this question as well. While the above young woman was affirmative in her passion for a leggings-only lifestyle, others did not see this garment as so exclusive. Here is a clip of another young woman’s response:

Leggings are awesome for going to the beach, hanging out at the park, going to the library, grabbing groceries, and open mic nights… But not work, church, grandma’s house, etc.

I don’t understand why leggings aren’t awesome for grandma’s house. Surely grandma doesn’t wear them, but is she against them? I was pretty close with my grandma. I would wear leggings or disco pants to her house. Maybe this one has a really conservative grandparent?

Work. Let’s not even mention the job, okay? The workplace is one of the most freedom-stripping places that exist in the world. You virtually barter your free will for a paycheck every two weeks or so. Naturally you’re not going to be allowed to dress how you want. Why even bring it up? I never wore disco pants at my previous full-time position, but I did a few times wear some very tight-fitting, semi-shiny, black nylon jeans. At the time, my supervisor who was a metalhead actually came up to me and asked if I was wearing spandex! I also wore on occasion some very tight, light blue Levi’s from my high school days. Yes, high school days. We’re talking jeans I had worn 6 years before and were already tight then. Never had any issues with either pants. Our dress code stated that we couldn’t wear tight jeans. On one occasion we had a meeting to go over the dress code. I don’t know if that was because of my light blue Levi’s or something else. It didn’t deter me from wearing them even though I only wore them a total of 3 or 4 times, with 2 times being on Saturdays when most people weren’t there. I suspect I could have gotten away with wearing spandex disco pants at my workplace without controversy. But it would have been embarrassing if I had and was called into a closed meeting about them! That tight jeans rule was quite stupid considering my duties and the personnel I interacted with.

Finally, leggings at church. At my church they’re commonplace. If not leggings then skintight, super skinny jeans. Or meggings. And then of course there was me with disco pants. So no problems there. But there are some churches that would frown up such tight legwear, I imagine. I could never be part of any church that chooses to impose limitations on my dress, all the while demanding that I give of my time, talents & treasure. It’s bad enough the job imposes on me 5 or 6 days a week. The church doesn’t need to do the same on the 7th day.

And who knows what else she had in mind with that “etc.” I absolutely do not see any scenario where wearing leggings or disco pants would be inappropriate, exception being a situation where you’re supposed to wear something specific that is not leggings or disco pants.

This has been a super long post. If you’re still here, good for you! Hopefully my next post will discuss the new teal, vintage spandex jeans I am awaiting.

 

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1st Wearing of Chinese Modded Disco Pants

It was another scorchingly hot & humid day here today so I wore my Chinese modded disco pants a day earlier than planned.

For those of you who don’t know, these are those cheapie disco pants made in China and sold mainly on Aliexpress currently. Their fit is similar to American Apparel’s disco pant; that is, a super skinny/legging fit. I had the lower legs widened on two pairs of these pants last year so that they would resemble the straight-leg fit of the originals.

These pants feature a higher-shine and thinner material. To me the shine isn’t so much that I find it excessive. But it probably is a reason I waited almost a whole year to wear them. Their thinness however is what makes them a plus to wear in hot weather. When I went inside one of the air conditioned stores today my legs started to feel a refreshing cool air. Since tomorrow is forecast to be less warm and less humid I figured today would be a good day to wear them. I even considered wearing the royal blue ones I had modded. Maybe I’ll wear those tomorrow?

Since tomorrow is my thrift store day I do need to pick out a pair of disco pants for then. Or I may wear my disco pant shorts. It’s something to think about until then.

I also considered wearing an XL pair of the Chinese disco pants today. This is a pair that is quite loose on me. They’re very shiny but they lack that skintight fit. They must be refreshing to wear in hot weather as well. Okay, maybe not refreshing, but as comfortable a type of pants for the heat that isn’t a pair of shorts or very thin track pants. I have several pairs of athletic/track pants that I do wear occasionally. This XL disco pant could probably pass for such a garment. I don’t really get excited at the thought of wearing these loose fitting disco pants but I do a value in doing so. They can serve as a gateway into wearing properly fitting skinny disco pants and even leggings, both of which I am very interested in doing. If you’re a long-time reader of this blog you know I have already worn AA disco pants on several occasions earlier this year. The only thing is that I wore them with tall Ugg-style boots which means their full ‘leggings-style’ fit was not exposed to everyone.

So is it more of a challenge for me to wear the modded Chinese disco pants or the loose XL non-modded Chinese disco pants? Probably the modded ones, since they’re really shiny and skintight. And since I crossed that bridge today there should be no reason I don’t wear the loose ones. Maybe on a day when I’m not so much in the mood to wear any properly-fitting skintight disco jeans I can put on the loose ones and use them as a way to get into wearing those other kinds. We all have to start somewhere. I didn’t go from wearing dreadful baggy jeans one day to wearing skintight spandex disco pants the next. It took years and gradual steps. Even when I started wearing tight jeans during the baggy era of high school I didn’t do it with any sort of confidence or regularity. I was defeated by a few comments from people who really didn’t matter to me. I applaud anyone who can skip the baby steps and take the huge leap from the start. But I gotta do the baby steps and that’s fine with me because I am at a point now I never thought I’d be. Had I been told when I was a young kid that I would be wearing spandex jeans sometime later on in life I’m not sure I would have believed it. Yet here I am now doing so and all as a result of taking smaller steps along the way. And I continue to take smaller steps onto my ultimate goal of wearing AA style disco pants (and shiny leggings) any time, anywhere and everywhere.

I don’t know what sort of reaction I got from people who saw me in my disco pants today. I don’t really look that much at others unless I’m wearing my dark sunglasses. With women I take glances at them while they’re not looking in my direction but as soon as I suspect we may make eye contact I look away. I do look at anyone who is wearing something interesting. With this weather the clothing I like to see is not much worn so there’s not much looking or anticipating to do. Thus I am left to wear the cool clothing I like to see!

Today’s wearing again makes me want to have more of those Asian disco pants modded. If I had the wherewithal I’d have a pair in each color done. Ditto for the shorts. But it’s an expensive endeavor particularly since the pants’ prices have increased and it would cost me about $45 for each pant and maybe $10 for the shorts. Perhaps more if I request the zippers replaced and belt loops put on. Thus I have to limit the project to only those things which I really want and would make the most use out of. At this point I would have to say it’s the navy blue. Yes! Give me a modded pair and the shorts in navy blue! Eventually I’d get gray and then white.

Speaking of all that, I have to go through the difficulty of ordering these pants from Aliexpress. Remember all the trouble I had with the sizing discrepencies? That is still a big concern. While I am able to resell ones that don’t fit appropriately, I cannot afford to place large orders as I used to. I mentioned prices have gone up. Furthermore, most if not all of the ones I bought before were basically charged zilch to ship. Now there are shipping charges of $7 and more for each pair. That adds to the overall cost. I can’t afford to buy two navy blue pairs in large and two in XL only to find out all four fit the same. Or worse, the XL fits horribly loose. And forget about sending any back. It will be a hassle and imagine the cost. But that may be the route I have to go if I want to do this. I should have bought more of these last year when everything was cheaper.

I’m currently in one of my ‘want to wear disco pants all the time” phases. A wearing tomorrow will make 3 for the week which is one of my long-ago goals never quite sustained. I didn’t think I’d be going through this in the summer. But since I have gotten used to carrying around my messenger bag it’s been less of a challenge to wear spandex jeans in the summer. The heat doesn’t matter since it’s going to feel horrible no matter what you wear. At least disco pants are lighter weight than jeans. And I’m not too keen on wearing shorts anymore, even though I love my disco pant shorts. They have become my go-to shorts when I do wear shorts. I have turned away from the baggy cargo shorts as well though I do admit all their pocketry was quite convenient. But my messenger bag and I have begun to get along famously.

My other issue with wearing disco pants in the summer was the fact that I couldn’t conceal the surplus upper body weight that ails me. Well, I just put on my button-up shirts and go on my way. I’d rather wear t-shirts but they tend to cling more to the body whereas the button shirts drape and conceal better. That is what I’ll continue to do throughout this summer. I have a very nice collection of short-sleeve button shirts that I picked up while thrifting and they work well with spandex jeans. Some are large while others are more form-fitting. I prefer the form-fitting ones for a more streamlined look. But the larger ones are good when I wear tighter disco pants or I’m just feeling a little heavier.

Oh yeah. Something else. I once showed a pic of me wearing AA disco pants, Chinese disco pants and some Eastbay tights and I asked you the reader to determine which was which. I’ve been thinking about those Eastbay tights lately. Those were from the 1990s when spandex was still rather shiny. At the moment I don’t know where they are but I know I still have them. I was thinking they could also be a good way to get into wearing leggings since that is basically what they are. And at the time I bought them they were either men’s or unisex. Unfortunately, Eastbay no longer makes them with that shiny fabric. They changed over some time in the 2000s to a matte material which I have never cared for. Those tights were one of my first ventures into shiny legwear. Before those, my very first was a pair of black Tinley running tights which I purchased at a local Sportmart. They were not as shiny as the Eastbay tights are and I have long since sold them. Eastbay was for a time a great source for unisex shiny spandex shorts and tights. They had said products under the Nike brand and their own brand. Even Nike’s spandex leg-wear has toned down on the shine in favor of the duller kind.

Perhaps tomorrow I should try something different. Maybe a pair I have not worn yet. The navy blue Jonden. Or the modded royal blue. Or the Le’Gambi royal blue that is still new with tags. Or the new steel blue pair I picked up. One thing is for sure: I will write about it!

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Super Shiny Chinese Disco Pants!

I wore spandex disco pants today. It was my 101st wearing. I think numbers will start to mean less now that I’ve crossed the 100 threshhold. Perhaps the 150th will be more significant. Definitely the 200th will. Technically I could reach both still this year but that would take some serious dedication to doing this. The desire is there for sure but sometimes the opportunity or the mood is lacking or just not right. At times I think silly thoughts such as wearing them as much as possible while I have the use of my legs. You never what can happen from one minute to another. Plus time is always going against the grain with us. While I’m completely fine with older people wearing spandex jeans, I don’t think I want to be the gray-haired, wrinkled, older man wearing them. I still consider myself quite young albeit not as young as the people who have historically worn these pants. But that’s okay. The biggest obstacle disco pants pose to me at this time is that they make me feel fat. They make me strive however to, at the very least, not add any more pounds.

I actually considered wearing my modified Chinese disco pants today. It’s another hot day here and coupled with my desire to wear these pants as often as possible, their greater lightweightedness made it seem like an opportune time to wear them. I did put them on and was really pleased with how they looked. Ultimately I did not wear them though. Why, you ask? Well, I have not worn them yet since I had them modified last year. While I was very pleased with how they came out I had pretty much stuck to wearing my vintage and new-vintage stock. As I have mentioned many times before these Chinese pants are quite shiny–even shinier than my original disco pants and American Apparel’s. And someone else who is a great fan of these pants told me she found the Asian type to be too shiny for her taste. So while I do love their shine I have always been a bit reserved about it being on the high side. Arguably that’s a bit of nonsense since I do wear two pairs of them as disco pant shorts. I guess it is having all that extra, shiny material from my knees on down that adds to the sentiment. The good news is that I do plan to wear them this Friday when I go thrifting. I should mention that I did chose to wear my black Jonden spandex jeans today.

After having tried on those pants and really liking how they looked on me, I started getting thoughts again of having some other pairs modified. At the moment I just have the black pair and a royal blue pair. What I really want is a navy pair. Actually I would love to have a pair in every color, but I have to be sensible. I’m not going to wear every color. But I contiue to stress that these are some very nice pants. If you have still not ventured into the world of disco pants these are a great gateway into it. Very inexpensive (though prices have risen somewhat), pretty durable (I have worn my disco pant shorts many times and there is little or no sign of damage) and they look and feel great. In fact, once I feel comfortable enough wearing leggings out these will be the first I don, even though technically they are not leggings. But they do fit like leggings and with the way I wear them most people would think they are indeed leggings.

Is it likely that I will have a navy blue pair made up soon? I would say yes, especially since I’ve been wanting a pair of shorts in this color as well. So by ordering two more pairs from Aliexpress I could have one modified into straight leg disco pants and the other into disco pant shorts. Plus I could keep my two current pairs as they are–super skinny fit.

But I do think that white would make for a nice pair of modified pants and shorts as well. Take a look at how great this white pair looks:

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I think it’s a great color and would make for a great pair of shorts if not modified pants as well. (I might actually have to settle for white only. Upon doing a quick check at Aliexpress I find that navy blue is not available in the size I need. White is).

A very cool things that I just noticed is that one seller in particular has titled these disco pants as

“2018 Yomsong Womens High Waist Neon Color Black Pants unisex xL shiny Candy Color Disco Gothic Metal style 104″

The key word there is “unisex”. I was very thrilled to see that. Not that whether these pants are unisex or not matters to me, though I really believe they should be marketed as such. Some people stringently (and foolishly if I may) adhere to gender labelled clothing and are quick to call anyone (usually a male) who wears a garment targeted for the opposite sex (mainly female) a crossdresser. Those people are absolutely silly. But it’s the fact that it seems to be receiving some sort of a universal recognition that really excites me. Yes, spandex jeans in the 70s were unisex, notwithstanding the fact that mostly women were seen in them. They should continue to be seen as unisex just as many sneakers, t-shirts, sweatshirts, jackets and jeans by certain brands (Nudie, Cheap Monday, etc.) are.

I’d be honored to learn that I had anything to do with disco pants becoming unisex or even being considered so. It would be pretty cool to think that with this tiny little space of mine on the world wide web I could be an influence on something I’m so passionate about. Or obsessed. Take your pick. Of course, I’ll probaly never find out but it is nice to share my thoughts and have others comment on here as well.

In my last post I mentioned I found some shiny red leggings last Friday at the thrift store. Here’s a little photo of them:

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They look pretty great, don’t they? I have many times stated that I don’t care for prints on disco pants. That would apply to leggings as well. But since this is not really any sort of a repeated pattern or animal skin and since most of the main color is still very much visible, I absolutely don’t mind the design on these. They have a sporty look to them and that “02” on the upper right side just adds to the athletic feel. Plus these are very lightweight and as you can see a very nice shine to them. Not as much as a disco pant’s shine but a good amount nonetheless. I would totally rock these but I would most likely start with solid colors once I venture out into the leggings world. These leggings and the AA ones I found the week before excite me to think of what I may find this week!

Finally, one last pic. Take a look at how great these red Chinese disco pants look and fit:

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Perfect perfect! Love those. Something about red. If I look at these too long I’ll want to have a pair modded into straight leg and pair of shorts made as well!

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A Rather Disappointing June After All

Well, here we are in the last day of June. The last day of the first half of the year. And I only got the four wearings of disco pants for the whole month. After such a strong start with 4 wearings by the 15th I had no more after. Reasons include hot weather and other things going on.

The good news is that I did get 3 wearings of my disco pants shorts for the month and I anticipate more in July. But I won’t make any predictions since things can really go south when you’re expecting them to go north.

Three weeks in a row I have found cool items in the (women’s) active apparel section of the thrift store. First it was those navy blue shiny spandex capris. Then it was a pair of shiny black American Apparel leggings. Finally yesterday it was a pair of shiny, mostly red leggings. After some research I learned that these leggings are a hand-made item by an Etsy seller. So I may not be finding disco pants but I am finding other cool items on a weekly basis. As long as I keep finding cool leggings like these I will never venture into the men’s version. Why bother?

I did start off July with a wearing of my disco pant cutoff shorts. It was sweltering hot again here so these shorts are the natural choice to wear.

And speaking of Etsy, there is someone on there who makes her own disco pants. Well, she used to and now she is selling the final pairs she has. The amazing thing is they look just like American Apparel’s pants and the price was only $20. I don’t know how she could afford to do that since nylon/spandex material is quite expensive. But the fact that both she and the other Etsy mentioned earlier make their own spandex-wear rather inspires me to consider doing so myself. I’ve been promising myself a sewing machine and the discipline to learn to use it in order to make crafts for the holidays. However I have not gotten around to that yet.

I’m not sure I would start off with making disco pants. Leggings would seem the easist initiation. And of course I would add my own personal touch to them, being (probably) the only designer to make leggings with two back pockets! While I don’t quite yet wear leggings I already know the bit of inconvenience posed by a lack of pockets on disco pants and track pants and spandex shorts. The two pockets on disco pants are a godsend and I realize that having front pockets on them would not make for a good look. Bulging pockets on skintight jeans is not exactly a bad look, but on disco pants they wouldn’t be right. Track pants usually have front pockets but no back. Spandex shorts, well, have none sans perhaps a tiny inner one that can hold a key. A key!

Thus leggings with two back pockets would be a great development. You might ask why I don’t take existing leggings and add pockets to them. Just two pieces of additional fabric sewn onto the bum of the pants. The short answer is that it would be impossible to find matching material and color. I’m not interested in cotton leggings. It would be easier with cotton. But I’m interested in nylon and polyester. So starting from scratch would be the best option.

More on this eventually….
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