Yesterday I received the cheap Chinese disco pants I bought on ebay. It took 12 days to arrive. I opened the package and examined the article. Originally when I used to look at these pants on ebay and other websites I was skeptical about their quality. I suspected that for that price (about $12 shipped from China!) they would not be all that great and I had even seen some really bad photos where cheaper disco pants did not have the right shine or had weird back pockets. But a fellow reader of this blog purchased a few pairs of a particular type on ebay and showed some photos. I was impressed with their fit and shine and of course their price. He did say they are thinner than AA’s pants and they certainly are.
Anyway after I pulled them out of the package I noticed they were quite shiny. Not like PVC shiny but a bit shinier than AA’s and what I would dare call ‘perfectly shiny’ as disco pants should be. I have a few vintage pairs which seem to have lost some of their shine or perhaps never had that much to begin with. In fact I have noticed discrepancies in shine among vintage disco pants of the same brand and same color. But these no-name-brand pants were very nicely shiny and even silky feeling. Yes, they did remind me a bit of the later batch of vintage disco pants that were made probably in the mid-1980’s or so–ones that fit more like leggings and have non-stretch waistbands. I had such a pair brand being Frederick’s of Hollywood and silver in color. Very silky and shiny and skintight from the waist down to the ankles, definitely a precursor to American Apparel’s offering.
Another thing that is a bit different is the pocket design. AA’s are rounded at the bottom while these resemble traditional jean patch pockets, with the 3 angles (or points) at the base of the pockets. They seem to be placed just a tad bit lower on the bum which to me is fine because, while I’m not a fan of the way-too-low rear pockets on many jeans nowadays, I do like at least a portion of them to be visible from behind. Additionally, these pants seem to have an even higher rise than AA’s. Mind you I’m comparing my size medium AA’s to this pair in size large, and I have never owned an AA pair in size large. But on this Chinese pair the entire zipper flap section seems to fit up higher than I’m used to with most of my other disco pants. It’s possible that with a size medium the rise may be shorter and the zipper flap might be lower. The truth is I will not know until I get an AA pair in size large which I still intend on eventually having.
I was not sure what size to get seeing as how this is a new product to me. I figured I would be safest with a large and it turned out to be a very good bet. The fit is perfect! But before I go on with any further praising I want to point out a few more observations. I noticed the waistband is not very stretchy unlike AA’s pants. That concerned me initially but it turned out to not be a problem. Also the hems of these pants are a little bit looser than AA’s which makes them easily fit over a pair of Converse high tops (probably Dr. Martens, too). They don’t tightly grip the ankles and I have pretty skinny ankles.
These pants have a single tag that says “L” for large. No material designation tag, no origin of manufacture tag. Just a size tag. The pants came in a ‘crunchy’ plastic bag.
Those are all the differences that I noted. Nothing major. There is no problem length-wise either. I’m over 6 feet tall with long legs and they are perfectly long enough. And at 1/7th of the cost of AA disco pants I highly recommend these not only to anyone who is curious but not sure whether disco pants is something they could pull off, but even to anyone who already has AA disco pants and is in love with them. They make for an awesome backup pair. In fact, after trying mine on twice yesterday I went ahead and bought 2 additional pairs–another black and a grey. This also means that I can now have my disco shorts made! Of course, first I have to make sure that it’s possible to convert disco pants to shorts. I’m pretty confident there should not be any issues. I’m really looking forward to this!
Here is a photo of the black ones from the ebay listing:
That’s a very accurate photo of the pants. However, I noticed that there are some inaccurate photos as well. Some of the other colors are pictured with rounded pockets which makes it seem to me that some of those photos were ‘borrowed’ from AA. These pants do not have rounded pockets. Make sure you know what you’re getting. To me the pocket shape is not an issue but if you’re going to get these to try to fool others into thinking they are from American Apparel, it may not work!
I do have one criticism of these pants. After I wore them for about 20 or 30 minutes, doing nothing more strenuous than putting on my Converse and tying them, I did notice that along some of the crotch seams were those typical lines that form when this material gets overstretched. Not a very big deal. No one is going to see that. But I don’t know how long the pants may last at this rate. This is something that happens with vintage disco pants and American Apparel pants as well so it is not unique to these. Perhaps if I ordered an XL this may not happen, but then again I don’t see any purpose in wearing disco pants that are loose. Fortunately, this price is so forgiving that you can experiment with different sizes and even different colors.
Here is the link if you want to order: Awesome Disco Pants for only $10.98
These pants are so amazing I may end up selling some of my more expensive AA disco pants and get one in each color of these!
OK a few of my own fit pictures:
So those are my photos. This post is rather long already so I may do a side-by-side comparison with the AA pants for my next one. In the meantime if you are thinking about getting disco pants get these. The look great, feel great and fit great and you can’t beat the price. As soon as I get my next black pair in the mail I will take them to the tailor and have them made into shorts. I will have a truly unique item.