Art for Your Body
There are many latex fashion designers that aren’t just creating couture but actually art. Atsuko Kudo has transformed A-Listers like Lady Gaga, Beyonce and more into live works of art. Syren Fetish Fashion Designs are catching the eye of women and men looking to invest in more than a frock.
The same could be said of the House of Harlot, Pandora Deluxe, Dawnamatrix and many others. When you walk the streets or attend an event, you’re a walking piece of artwork. And like any art, it’s not cheap with a price tag of hundreds to tens of thousands, depending on the brand, amount of latex, how intricate the design is, and if it’s a one of a kind, hand painted, or a more mass produced item.
Unlike buying traditional art, a lot goes into finding the right latex outfit or accoutrements. Here’s a guide to everything you need to know to get rubbered up and protect your investment.
What Is Latex
It’s not PVC or vinyl. It’s slinky, hugs your figure, stretches with your body, and clings to your sassy curves. And if you don’t have curves, latex will give the illusion that you do. And if you look hard enough you can find vegan-friendly latex.
You Must Order the Correct Size
If it’s too small, you can break the piece if you try to force it on. And if it doesn’t fit, the seams could split when you’re out in about or engaging in indoor activities. On the flipside, if your piece is too large, it won’t cling to you and show your curves—it will either gape or bag, which is no bueno. The best thing to do is to take your measurements or better yet, have the designer do it. This will help you avoid wardrobe malfunctions.
How Do You Put It On?
Treat your latex right and it could last you a long time. And when you’re ready to retire it, you can even put it in a frame and hang it on the wall…no joke. Avoid jewelry and sharp nails—they can snag and cause irreparable damage. Remove the jewelry and wear gloves to tame those long and/or sharp nails, until you’re more familiar with latex.
If the latex piece is close fitted, you don’t want your skin generating friction. Use a silicone-based lube like Pjur or use talcum powder which can make a huge mess in your room you get ready in. It can also make your skin look milky with residue from sweating.
Apply lube or talcum powder on the inside of the garment, on your skin, or try both. Pull the latex on carefully without tugging or pulling with your fingers. Use your whole hand to shift it into place, and smooth out wrinkles and air bubbles. Check the mirror to make sure everything looks great.
Shine is one of the amazing things about latex. Use a cloth or sock to wipe the silicon-based lube over and also remove any excess talc from your skin. Latex-shining silicone sprays can also be applied to protect your latex. It can get uber slippery and spray can get all over your floor. Put your shoes on last or in a completely different room.
You Wear It Well
Once you’ve got that latex creation on, you might feel like the latex is a sort of second skin. There’s no right or wrong way to wear it, unless the designer has specific instructions. There are a few things you should remember. You can get very warm in latex, and it doesn’t protect you from the cold. If you’re going out or to a club, make sure you don’t overheat. Wearing many layers of latex can make you uncomfortable. Bring a coat to wear over your outfit if it’s cold outside. You might even want to change before you head home. Latex is NOT breathable—if you dance all night, you will sweat and the latex won’t absorb it.
Take It Off, Baby
Although you probably want to sleep in your sexy latex outfit, it’s not recommended. Removing latex is easier than putting it on. Use your whole hand again and don’t pinch it with your fingers.
Cleaning, Protecting & Storing Your Investment
Never throw your latex on the floor, or be ready for permanent creases. And, you can’t iron it either.
You definitely want to wash your latex, but NOT in a washing machine. Instead, fill up a tub or sink with lukewarm water and put in a decent sized squirt of gentle soap like a body wash or the infamous Fairy Liquid. You don’t need to scrub since latex doesn’t absorb anything (remember what we said about sweat earlier). Rinse it thoroughly, hang it up on a non-metal hanger, and it will drip dry very quickly. If your latex changes color after this, don’t freak out. It can be slightly whitish while it’s wet but it will go away when it’s dry. Once the outside is dry reverse the garment and let the inside dry.
Once your garment s dry, you want to talc it again so it won’t stick to itself. If latex sticks to itself for too long, it will deteriorate. Hang it on a non-metal hanger but not by the straps (it’s not good to have pressure on them). Store it away from the sunlight in a black plastic bag or dark wardrobe. Exposure to UV light will cause it to disintegrate over time. You can also hit up the latex with a protective coating before you put it away, like Vivishine.
And a Health Tip…
If you’re sensitive or allergic to rubber, don’t try and wear latex. A breakout of itchy hives or worse is anything but glamorous. Just like wearing and cleaning latex, it’s all about common sense.