The power & pleasure of fetishwear
Fetishwear includes so much more than the obvious leather & latex. Corsets, shoes, bikinis, blue jeans, gas masks and medical uniforms; all these and more have inspired legions of fetish fashion fans. Really any clothing that people can have a fetish for has the potential for becoming “fetishwear”. Which therefore includes everything! However there are some types of clothing which are more likely to inspire erotic obsessions. Whatever your fashion fetish is, adding costume to a bdsm scene can really take the sensual intensity to the next level. Playing kinky dress-up is something I love to include in my kinky play.
What makes playing dress up fun?
Dressing for sex is fun for a lot of reasons. (Even when you’re working with a very specialized definition of sex. *wickedgrin*) It simply feels good to wear certain fabrics. My favorite silk and fur are splendid examples of textiles that are thrilling to touch. Certain items of clothing such as stockings, panties & petticoats are also great sources of sensual pleasure. The way they fit, the sounds they make, the way the fabric hugs certain parts of the body, can be very arousing indeed.
Some types of fetishwear are very emotionally satisfying too. Stockings are another great example of this. They look fantastic, seducing the observer and making the wearer feel confident, sexy & powerful. Or alternately vulnerable, exposed & humiliated, depending on the context. Either response can lead to an intensely erotic experience for the wearer.
The Sexual Power of Fetishwear
Many specific fetish fashion garments have sexually powerful connotations. These symbolic associations can greatly enhance the dynamics of a bdsm scene. A military uniform conveys a message of authority, a fur coat implies luxurious, elegant superiority. A frilly, silly maid’s uniform transforms an ordinary soul into a sex object. In a way bdsm is like theater and the right fetishwear costuming can really make a scene.
The power of the fetish itself can also be a tool for domination too. When I know that a submissive has a particular clothing fetish it’s easy for me to manipulate him with it. Say I know he has a flip-flop fetish. I can deliberately wear flip flops when we got out to get him excited. And even more deliberately cross my legs and ‘thwack’ the shoe against my bare sole whenever I sit down. He’ll be putty in my hands.
I have a background in theatre as well as fashion design. So perhaps I have an especially keen appreciation of the power & pleasures of fetishwear. But in my experience nearly every kinkster has strong sexual feelings for at least one article or type of clothing. So in that sense it’s a universal fetish. What’s your fashion fetish?