When it comes to fetish fashion my main love is silk. But I’m really a textileophile, which simply means that I get enormous sensual pleasure from all kinds of fabrics. This fetish for fabrics, and especially luxury fabrics, plays into my style as a femme dom (the silk domme!) a lot.
Fetish Fabrics, Fetish Fashion
I’ve been into fabrics and fashion since I was quite young. I learned to sew as a girl and where my friends wanted to be ballerinas, rock stars & supermodels, I wanted to be a fashion designer. I’ve always been fascinated by the dizzying variety of fibers, textures and prints at my fingertips in the fabric store. I have to admit though that some fabrics do tend to be more…stimulating…than others.
Leather & latex are the textiles that immediately come to mind when people think of fetish fashion. Other textiles that lots of people have fetishes for include my beloved silk as well as satin, taffeta and fur. It may not be the first thing that pops up when you think “fetishwear” but it’s easy to see how common textile fetishes are in the kink scene.
Fetish Fabric Favorites
Satin, one of the perennial favorites among fetishwear enthusiasts, is not a fabric but a weave. In other words satin can be made from nearly any fiber, including spandex, synthetic fibers, and of course that epitome of luxurious indulgence, silk. The defining characteristic of satin is how it’s slippery smooth & shiny on the front, with a dull back. That sexy shine is probably the #1 thing fetishists love about satin. Fetish fashion clothing made from satin also tends to be stiffer, more voluminous & tailored, and it makes a soft rustling when the wearer moves. Which is definitely part of the thrill!
The exceptions are stretch satin (made with spandex) and bias-cut satin. The former is fantastic for gloves. I have a collection of opera length stretch satin gloves in a rainbow of colors and I consider them a truly essential part of my dominatrix wardrobe. Stretch satin is also fabulous for panties. The more lightweight varieties of satin are very often seen in robes, nightgowns and other bits of flowy feminine lingerie. The fabric has such a lovely sensual drape that it’s easy to see why people love it; satin is truly iconic in fetish fashion.
Wetlook fetish is much less common than a lust for satin but I have to throw in a word for the excellence of satin blouses, dresses and gowns for wetlook play. If you love the feel of satin it’s mind-blowingly better when wet.
Femme Fatale Fashion
Another very commonly fetishized sort of clothing in the bdsm world is fur. Fur is an integral part of one of the oldest, most powerful femdom archetypes. It‘s Venus in Furs, remember? Real fur exudes wealth & opulence. It’s hugely sensually potent – there’s a reason why those handcuffs are furry, and that paddle is backed with mink! Nowadays wearing real fur also gives a definite bad-girl vibe. Wearing real fur always makes me feel like I’m channeling my inner Cruella DeVille. *mwahaha*
I don’t know if there’s a name for the fabric that stockings and pantyhose are made of. (Do you know? Please do tell me in the comments!) But it’s such an extremely common – and powerful – clothing fetish it deserves a mention. Seeing my curvy legs in sexy stockings is enough to bring most vanilla guys to their knees. Imagine how they melt the minds of subguys! Knowing my legs have that effect on men makes me feel pretty damn powerful too.
Fishnet used to be just a simple diamond-shaped pattern used in tights and stockings. But the variety of patterns have massively increased in recent years. And I’m seeing these mesh-type fabrics in more and more types of garments nowadays too. I myself have a pink fishnet top that I love to put on sissies and a sexy black fishnet minidress that looks amazing on my curves, along with a collection of fishnet patterned pantyhose. Fishnet is really nice because in addition to how freaking awesome it looks & feels, it’s much, much sturdier than other hosiery fabrics.
There are lots of other fabrics that people fetishize (spandex, denim, vinyl/pvc…) and I’m not going to talk about them all here. But I do want to throw in a last word for feathers. Mostly seen as trimmings on hats, coats & dresses, feathers are rarely used as fetish fashion all by themselves. With one exception: the classic feather boa. Which is suggestive of so many things: nostalgia for a more elegant past, the subversive sexuality of flamboyant femmes like Mae West, the cheeky playfulness of a burlesque dancer. The feather boas in my wardrobe are not merely clothing items; they’re toys, used to flirt, to seduce, to tease. The epitome of fetish fashion.