The year 2017 was a good year in terms of disco pants in many respects. First, I can consider it to be my second ‘break out’ year. In 2012 I started wearing spandex jeans although it was to a limited place and with an exclusive audience. But it was significant nonetheless and it fostered not only my passion for these pants but also for wearing them, incorporating them into my style and making them my own. After several years of not wearing them or wearing them very minimally, 2017 became the year I started venturing out in them to places other than my ‘safe place.’ After being encouraged for several years by a fellow spandex jeans enthusiast to ‘just wear them’, I finally did and I have no regrets. From wearing them first to the thrift store then to the mall and then pretty much everywhere else. From wearing longer jackets and then shorter ones to push the limits. I do regret not having worn any other colors besides black and midnight, but that’s what the new year is for. And I’m happy to say that I did not start out with ‘loose’ spandex jeans and slowly progressed to tighter ones. To wear a loose disco pant is to not wear a disco pant. I started with tight and was wearing tighter by year’s end.
2017 marks the year with the most wearings for me. I broke my previous record set in 2012. The years 2013-16 were horrible in terms of wearing disco pants. This past year marks an upward trend which will continue and grow in 2018. Oh, I did not happen to wear any yesterday. I went out instead with a pair of faux leather Kenneth Cole pants which were nice and warm. However I did not like the fact that the hems got wrinkled from being inside my Ugg-like boots.
I could have gotten more wearings out of 2017 but I still suffer from that shyness and self-consciousness issues. Those are aspects I will try hard to overcome in 2018.
2017 also saw me wear American Apparel disco pants for the first time. I never thought I would do that. Of course what helped tremendously was the fact that they were tucked into my tall boots. At least during the winter, I certainly plan to wear AA disco pants some more with my boots. I may have to pick up another color or two. (Thank you very much for bringing back the disco pant!)
I happened to acquire about 37 pairs of spandex disco pants in 2017. From the cheapest Chinese ones to the most expensive, highest quality brands. Included in this count are 7 AA pants and 7 vintage-brand pairs, with the remainder being mainly the Chinese dupes. I love them all, whether I can fit into them or not. Thankfully I can fit into most of them! I added some key colors to my collection and some interesting brands I didn’t have before.
Will I be looking to add that many more in 2018? Probably not. I was able to splurge a bit in ’17 and I don’t see ’18 affording me the same benefit. But I will look to get anything that makes a deep impression on me. If any bargains come my way I’ll scoop them up. I do have my eye on a pair of AA pants which would be an extra pair for me were I to get them. It’s a color I really like and not one they are currently offering. Plus, I may look to get a few brand new pairs of Le’Gambi spandex jeans that are being made, particularly in black and any other interesting color that is available. It may be safe to say though that my first pair of the year will be an AA in royal blue.
Do I feel a need to make 2018 better than 2017? No, not in the same sense as a business that has made record profits and wants to make even bigger ones the following year. Or in the sense of an athlete or sports team that has just won a championship and is already being asked about next year. Remember, I like to live in the moment. I feel my best when I am in disco pants, not so much in thinking about when I was or when I will be. That’s how I look at it. So in order to feel my best more often I have to wear spandex jeans more often, and that’s what it’s all about for me. Doing something I like that makes me feel good. And if it comes from something as harmless as wearing shiny spandex jeans, why not do that as often as possible?
So while a major goal for 2018 includes wearing my spandex jeans more often, additional goals include wearing AA ones during the winter and bringing out the other colors. I have a total of 13 AA disco pants and I really need to start making use out of them. Now that I have jumped the great hurdle of wearing them for the first time, any future wearings should just become easier and easier. Since I’ll be wearing them with UA tights underneath, the AA pants should probably be at least medium in size. Which means I can continue to wear the two-tone and begin to wear the black and the charcoal. Will be very interesting to see what I will accomplish this winter with my AA disco pants. I think working on them early on in the year will make wearing my classic fit ones second nature when spring comes! But of course I don’t plan to just exclusively wear AA ones during this winter. I may start to incorporate some of my other colors of the vintage style pants as well. It should be an exciting year, especially the first few months! Will definitely set the tone for the remainder of the year.