Disco Pants Amidst the Pandemic

So how are you all doing during this pandemic lockdown? I have mixed feelings. On one hand I like the fact that normalcy has been completely thrown out the window. I think what was perceived as ‘normal’ wasn’t good for most people even though most people probably couldn’t see it. And now many of these people are longing for a return to ‘normal.’ And a large majority are so used to that normal that they cannot see anything but it. Not that this is a wonderful time either, but I see this as a transition phase between a ‘normal’ that was not good for most to a new ‘normal’ that could be better for a lot more people.

On the other hand, I don’t like this because I have not been wearing my disco pants. At all. Not that I cannot. Nor that I have been home all the time. But the times I do go out it’s to do the menial things which almost feel like a waste to wear disco pants for. But I am dying to wear them. Not a single wearing this month and I think only one last month. Normally, March and April would be huge months for me in terms of disco pant wearings. Weather has still been perfect but I haven’t made use of it.

Another bad thing is that I am eating more and probably gaining weight. That is bad for anyone who wears disco pants. I mean, a little bit of extra weight is okay, but if you already have a muffin top and you don’t exercise regularly then you’re definitely going in the wrong direction.

Also this ordeal has caused me to modify what clothing I wear when I do go out. I’m trying to stick to the same three or four pairs of jeans and about two pairs of sneakers. Naturally, the jeans are all of the skinny variety and the sneakers have been limited to a pair of white Nike Air Force 1 low and a thrift store pair of New Balance 420. Luckily, I think I could get away with wearing either pair with a pair of my modified American Apparel disco pants. Of course, if not, I’ve got my vintage pairs.

But I do think I will try a pair this week. I cannot go a month without any wearings. The last month I actually had with no wearings was way back in June 2017! Pretty unbelievable that in two months I will have worn disco pants at least once per month for three whole years! Definitely can’t let that record get crushed here in April 2020, pandemic or not.

My only concern with wearing disco pants during this time is getting germs on them. I know I’m running the same risk with any of the skinny jeans or sneakers I’m wearing, but the disco pants are on another level. At worse I guess I could just put on one of my older pairs that are not on what I consider to be on my best/favorite list. Yeah, that’s it. I’ll just let the AA pairs take a longer rest and I’ll put on one of my old black, vintage pairs of which I have plenty. In fact, one of the most recent pairs I came into was an old Le’Gambi black one that for whatever reason looked extra shiny. I’ll have to dig that one up.

I’ve been looking over my vast collection of photos of people in disco pants and two thoughts come to mind:

  1. They look so good when the fit is right and I just want to wear mine soooo bad.
  2. Why did these people (women mostly) stop wearing these awesome, amazing pants? Do they not realize how good they looked in them? Even if they gained some weight they could size up and still look great in them. So what happened?

And don’t give me any crap about the age thing. I understand that if some 24 year old started wearing these pants in 2012 and now she’s 32, she may feel like the pants are beyond her at this time. Maybe she’s a stick-in-the-mud now. She’s got a corporate career, has children and probably a spouse. But she could still wear them and look great. She could reinvent them and make them her own. Maybe when she was in her twenties she’d wear them with a cropped top, maybe baring some shoulders. She doesn’t have to do that now. I have personally never been a fan of disco pants with cropped tops or any other kind of scanty tops. Yes, disco pants are sexy (among having so many other qualities) so when you wear them you don’t need to wear something that is ‘sexy’ (and only sexy) on top as well. I always felt that was excessive and preferred the photos of women wearing simple tees, sweaters or button shirts instead. That’s exactly how a now 30-something with career, spouse and children could wear them.

Now let’s say it was some 17-year old wearing her first pair of disco pants in 2012. Now she’s post-high school, post-college and a sophisticated 25 year old who has already embarked on her career for several years or perhaps doing graduate work. Surely disco pants are beneath her. But they don’t have to be. It’s all in how you wear them. She doesn’t have to wear them like she did before to make the boys stare at her liquid-legginged limbs. She can wear them more maturely now with style and with respectability.

As I’ve written before there are some women who wore disco pants during their 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 or so heyday and still very much like them now. That’s perfectly sensible and shows an exquisite taste for style. They wore disco pants and teens and continue to wear them or have rediscovered them as 20-somethings. Or they wore them as early 20-somethings and now wearing them as late 20-somethings or even 30-somethings. That’s great. There will never be an item of clothing as cool, versatile or attractive as the spandex disco pant.

Anyway, let’s keep an eye out and see what happens with everything that’s going on. Some say things will get better or already are starting to. Those are the politicians who need things to get better in order to not reflect badly on them. I would really hate to be a politician now and I wonder how many of them actually regret having won elections last year. And then there are others who say things are going to get a lot worse. At some point in time in the near future, one of those groups will be correct and the other wrong. Personally, I’m of the thinking that things are going to get worse and that’s my honest opinion because I have nothing to gain or lose from saying so. But let’s stay tuned and see what happens. And let’s wear our disco pants during this difficult time to at least make things feel better!

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