Well, it’s official. I have written often about the potential demise of the beloved disco pant fashion. I’m not saying they are no longer being made or sold. But American Apparel is only selling them in 4 colors now. That’s 4 colors. During the peak craze of these amazing pants from 2012-2014, AA offered them in 16 colors. They were:
-imperial purple-rich purple
They are now down to black, red, midnight & charcoal.
When it comes to disco pants I don’t wish to be the bearer of bad news. But this does not bode well. On one hand, they are still selling disco pants, which is wonderful news, just in a severely limited color range. On the other hand, this may be the strongest signal as of yet that this amazing garment is being phased out. And I am particularly disappointed because my plan of owning a complete set of all these colors is now next to impossible. Not only that, but I even sold some of the last few pairs I had in the no-longer-made colors not too long ago. The ones that really pain me are the cranberry and the brown. I’ve had 9 of the 16 colors and now I’m down to only 2 of them–black & charcoal.
Money has been my biggest foil. It is the reason I have not been able to put together a collection of all these AA disco pants AND keep them. Even when I did start to put together a collection of cheaply-priced brand new pairs found on ebay I had to eventually part with them in order to pay for other things. But I will see what I can still put together. The problem is, of the 4 colors they are still selling, I already have 2 and I have no need for the other 2! But I will look into getting a second pair each of the black and charcoal in size large. My mediums are pretty skintight and I would like to have extra pairs just a little looser. As for all the other colors, I guess ebay will be my only source. I don’t think I should expect to find new, unworn pairs though. I will be looking out particularly for royal, menthe, cranberry, brown and both purples.
I know there is one reader of this blog who has told me that he has every color of the pants and even some of the 2-color & 3-color ones. I can only declare that he is very lucky indeed. There is another reader of this blog who works for AA and I would like to know from this person what they’ve observed in terms of sales of the pants. Are people still buying them? Is it mostly girls in their 20’s and older buying them as opposed to the teens? Are guys getting into them now? If you read this post I’d love to have your feedback!
It’s interesting that long before AA dropped its color choices of the disco pant, many other retailers completely stopped selling their own version of the pants. It seems they got into the game a few years after AA introduced them in late 2008 and got out of the game plenty early. And here is AA nearly 8 years later still selling the original black ones they offered initially.
Let’s see how long AA keeps on with these 4 colors. My hope is that they never fully go away, and linger on as the tragic boot cut jean has all these years. To any of you who may be concerned that these pants are going away permanently and soon, I still can put you in contact with a maker of these pants in the original straight-leg cut and with some of the original brand names. These are beautiful brand new pants, made in the USA, with a perfect fit and improved-upon material and super high quality. And with these there is no need for any concern with pre-worn clothing or vintage items that are too fragile due to age, wear & tear. There are also plenty of Chinese-made, inexpensive disco pants to be found out there. They are not top-notch quality but for the price they go for you absolutely cannot lose.