I really dislike winter. Not only because the cold and snow are responsible for breaking things and making things unpleasant, but mainly because the frigid temperatures do not allow me to comfortable wear my disco pants nor my skinny jeans. Yes, during winter I have to resort back to wearing looser fitting jeans and fleece pants because they allow the extra room for wearing warm tights underneath. Can’t do that with skinny jeans and even less so with disco pants. I’m sure I wrote in the past that when I wore my brown disco pants in the brutal cold of January one year I chose to wear lycra tights underneath them for extra warmth. The problem was the seams of my tights showed through on my disco pants and that was not a good look. Not only that but the lycra tights were not warm to begin with, being quite thin and made from nylon & spandex. I never wore disco pants with tights underneath them again. And nowadays I wear Under Armour tights underneath my jeans or fleece pants. They keep my legs warm. But with skinny jeans it just feels too tight and seems like I can’t pull the jeans up as high as I’d like. I’m not one of these ‘saggers’ or a fan of low-rise jeans. I prefer normal/classic waisted jeans and pants. though Levi’s 510’s are pretty perfect in terms of their rise. That’s why I’m also a big fan of Nudie High Kai and Thin Finn. They have normal rises and fit pretty tight.
Finally, I have a pair of white, vintage disco pants that actually look white when I wear them. I’ve had some that look silver and sometimes the two colors in general can be hard to distinguish. But this pair is a bright white and fits perfectly snug. That takes care of another color I’ve been seeking. I’m still hoping to find green, wine, brown & turquoise–had turquoise but sold it after deciding I would probably never wear it. Rash decision. Which brings me to a word of advice for today: never sell things before getting paid unless you completely trust your buyer. It only takes getting burned once to leave you utterly jaded.
A reader of this blog has brought a really cool video to my attention. It’s a video from 2013 that features a former member of Menudo, Johnny Lozada, appearing on a television show wearing a pair of American Apparel disco pants in deep peacock. At first I wasn’t sure it was really Johnny because the show was a Halloween special and the ‘Juan Gabriel’ person was clearly not the real Juan Gabriel. So I thought it was someone pretending to be Johnny as well. But then I realized it was actually he and surprisingly he is still in very good shape and looked really great in the pants, even though he kept pulling on them and changed his voice to a high-pitched squeal to make it seem like the pants were too tight on him. But, as anyone who has ever worn disco pants already knows, they look and fit skintight but they are totally comfortable. Check out the video:
He was 45 at the time of this show and as I said in very good shape to wear disco pants and that top he was wearing. He might have felt more comfortable wearing the actual vintage-cut disco pants from back in those days as opposed to the skinny/leggings AA cut. I will probably edit this video and upload it to YouTube on my disco pants channel. By the way, Johnny was a member of Menudo from 1980-84.
Finally, I think we have real proof that the whole disco pants trend my be on its last legs. Of course, for we lovers of disco pants it will never go away. It is not a fad nor a trend nor will it be a fashion faux pas at any time. But for those who do follow trends and for the fashionistas and the industry that manufactures them, disco pants are fizzing away and will once again be a thing of the past. The only colors AA is still offering in disco pants are: black, pearl, brown, cranberry, red, midnight, dark green, charcoal & silver. There are about 7 other colors you cannot even buy anymore. And of the colors they are still offering, several are only available in one size only. Additionally, there is no sign of any two-tone and three-town disco pants. They do still have the printed ones but those I do not care for.
I think this is really it. They may keep the black ones and perhaps even the charcoal and red and pearl going for a little longer. But honestly, I cannot see AA selling disco pants beyond 2016. They’ve been selling since 2008. It’s sad but if they do die out I will certainly be looking to ebay to get some authentic pairs. And they will probably be pretty cheap, too!
NOTE: If it seems that I post less and less here it is because I am becoming more and more frustrated with wordpress constantly making changes to its website. With their current new changes I no longer know how to add photos or tags to my posts and I don’t see any options to revert back to the way things were before these changes. Blogspot is much more user-friendly but I would hate to transfer all these posts to another blog. I may just do it though. Stay tuned!