Just a few comments here.
First, I acquired a white pair of vintage spandex disco pants. This is my first white pair. They are absolutely amazing and unbelievably tight. So tight in fact that I was not able to zip them up, and upon trying to do so the zipper pull tab broke. I was able to button them but not zip them. I don’t know how these will get fixed. It’s just the zipper pull tab that broke, not the whole zipper. I wonder if they can replace just the tab. Would be cheaper probably and would maintain the vintage integrity of the pants.
Okay, so not only did the zipper broke, but after I took the pants off I noticed they got really stretched along the butt seam and below & around the waist band. So these pants are definitely pushing the limit on fit for me. Looks like they got damaged just from being worn for a few minutes. Shame. Jonden disco pants seem to be so sensitive, moreso than the other brands.
This one has been the most difficult pair of disco pants that I have ever been able to fit into. Absolutely awesome!
Anyone else have a hard time deciphering between white disco pants and silver disco pants?? See above photos.
I have recently made a YouTube channel devoted completely to vintage footage of people wearing spandex disco pants. Only 5 days on there and already over 1,000 views. At the moment I have 14 videos uploaded, featuring Menudo, Sheena Easton, The Nolans, The Brothers Johnson, Dorit Stevens, Kate Moss and others.
Recently I had been thinking that Hollywood created the spandex disco pant and Hollywood destroyed the spandex disco pant. It was an amazing creation and it could have lasted longer in popularity, perhaps even into the 1990’s. But as I read somewhere, in the early 1980’s Hollywood started making movies and TV programs prominently featuring only prostitutes wearing disco pants. Hollywood has a major influence on public opinion, so if Hollywood starts sending out messages that only prostitutes wear disco pants then no one else will want to wear them anymore. And that’s what happened. An increase of call girls wearing disco pants on TV and on the big screen meant a decrease in regular women (and men) wearing them. In fact, someone shared with me an episode of Cagney & Lacey where they are playing decoy call girls and one of them has to wear blue spandex disco pants! What a shame that such an awesome–if not the best ever–item of clothing was turned into something sordid and inappropriate. Though, the teen boys of Menudo continued wearing them into the mid 1980s and hair metal bands adopted them as well during that period. But of course, Menudo was catering to the Latin American market, not the American market. And hair metal was not exactly mainstream. So I think it’s safe to say the spandex disco pant was pretty much dead in the mainstream by about 1983. The majority of videos of mainstream actors/actresses/singers/bands/dancers wearing disco pants that I have come across range from 1978 to 1982.
The few of us diehard vintage disco pants lovers along with the new breed of AA disco pant wearers will keep alive the bold and daring fashion of shiny, skintight lower-body wear.