Take a look at this video:
That is Lola Falana in the black disco pants. And based on my research this clip is from the spring of 1987. Two things based on that info: first, 1987 is a rather late year for disco pants to still be seen; second, she was about 44 years old in this video which for me means that I have many great years ahead of me to wear disco pants!
I don’t know if her pants in that video are a carryover from the originals. Perhaps she had a collection of some from when they first came out. Or maybe those were ones being made at that time. Or maybe even a custom-made item. The only thing I noticed is that they seem to be a little tighter fitting at the ankles. Not like the modern version, but certainly narrower than the vintage ones I have and have seen others wear. She’s about 72 now. I wonder if she still wears them…
As I mentioned, this clip is from 1987. I was pretty confident that disco pants were all but dead after 1985. But I have also previously written about a “Married With Children” episode from 1988 which featured Peg Bundy wearing gold ones. Shiny spandex was still in fashion throughout the 80’s but in terms of disco pants, the popularity had waning. I think shiny spandex tights began replacing actual disco pants as a more accepted and contemporary style of clinging pants and also as a more casual form of clothing.
By the 1990’s, skintight disco pants had virtually disappeared, with the only shiny, tight legwear being found in lycra running tights. That is, until the wonderful shine of nylon/lycra had been converted to a matte format. It seems that all things shiny had lost their glimmer. Super bagginess had taken over as well and has made the decade of the 90’s one of the most forgettable in terms of fashion.
(Video courtesy of a fellow disco pants admirer and wearer.)