All this talk of latex may make you want to go out and try it! We hope you do and wanted to give you a beginners guide to getting your first piece and what to do from there… Latex of course is not like any other piece of clothing you will ever own, it’s literally a second skin so get ready to show off your curves! There are of course some important things to know about latex and we’re here to help you get started on your own latex love affair!
So here are a few tips to start off with to help you ease into the latex lifestyle:
- TIP #1 – Start small! Try buying some gloves, underwear or bra, mini skirt or shorts. You need to get used to the feel of latex on your skin and also how differently it moves compared to other materials you’ve always wore. It’s a whole different world of sensations waiting for you!
- TIP #2 – Lube, lube, lube… lube! The best is a silicone based lubricant. Latex has a tendency to stick to your skin so you want it to glide on as smoothly as possible. Here’s you chance to get your partner in on the fun, especially if you need to lube places you might not be able to easily get to alone. Make sure you lube up your body and your latex garment so it slips on easily. Note: You will also see mention of people using powder (talcum/baby powder) to help slip on latex. While we agree this is useful for some tops it does make your garment dull and harder to shine (See tip #4). So this comes down to personal preference, you can try both and see which is better for you then go for it!
- TIP #3 – Don’t rush! You have to put on your latex garment slowly so you do not rip or tear the latex. While latex clothing stretches, it can also rip, so take your time and ease the latex onto your body for the best fit and feel. Remember, long nails and jewelry can also tear latex so be extra careful when you’re getting dressed in latex.
- TIP #4 – Shine, shine and shine some more! If you thought that was it and off you go in your new latex garment, well think again, because you need to shine it up! Using the same silicone based lube, you get to tease your senses a bit more because you need to lube up your latex giving it a glossy shine. Shining latex is a serious perk to wearing it. It’s also considered part of the ritual of wearing it for true latex lover’s. The latex will have warmed to the wearers skin and the lube makes shining it an erotic event for sure!
- TIP #5 – Is that lube… or sweat? An important thing to consider is that you may be wondering it that dampness you feel is your lube or sweat… it’s most likely sweat. Some people don’t like latex for this very reason – latex is rubber – it doesn’t breathe. While others find that the thin layer of sweat your body naturally creates between you and your latex garment is why they love it so much. It allows the latex to slip and slide against your skin making it effortless to wear.
- TIP # 6 – Stay hydrated! You heard me correctly, latex will make you sweat and depending on how much of your body is covered by latex and how much you may be sweating you can quickly become dehydrated. If you are out drinking alcohol while wearing latex – make sure you alternate between a delicious adult beverage and a bottle of water.
- TIP #7 – Latex is both hot and cold! Latex has the ability to acclimate to the surrounding environment so if it’s hot were you are, your latex will be warm, but if there’s a breeze where you are it or air conditioning then your latex will feel cool against your skin. It does NOT breathe, but it doesn’t mean it’s always hot to wear.
- TIP #8 – Proper sizing is a must! Wearing the right size latex garment will make all the difference in the world. If it’s too tight it will squeeze you and be hot to wear. If you’re wearing something form fitting make sure there are not a lot of wrinkles or any bagging of the garment. You latex garment should be 2 to 4 sizes smaller than your body measurements – all depending on how tight you want to wear it. Note: Be careful for how a latex designer lists their sizes too, sometimes they list the garment measurements and other times they are listing body measurements.
- TIP #9 – Thickness makes a difference! Most latex garments are between 0.40mm-0.45mm thickness which is used for dresses, tops, panties, skirts etc. Thicker latex is used for garments like pants, couture pieces and jackets which require more structure. The thickest latex is used for corsets, crafted masks and harnesses. The thicker the latex – the less stretch, keep that in mind when choosing your piece.
- TIP #10 – Take it all off! It sounds like an easy process, but since latex is such a unique material to wear, removing it comes with it’s own challenges which are easy to overcome. The easiest way to take latex off is by jumping in the shower. You heard me right! Not only does it feel amazing, but it’s also a great way to slip it off. Avoid rolling latex off your body because it makes the rubberband effect and can get uncomfortably tight. Use the pads of your fingers to ease the latex off your body. You can gently slip your hand inside your latex garment to create an air gap between you and the piece to help ease it off as well.
- TIP #11 – Clean and store your latex! Taking it off in the shower also allows you to give it a quick proper rinse – using plain dish soap is the best way to clean your latex – and then just hang it over a plastic hanger to dry. Avoid metal as it can discolor the latex. Also a quick note on storing your latex garment – make sure you keep all similar colors together, avoid putting a light latex piece with a dark piece as the color can bleed into the lighter piece. Once fully dry, you can store the latex in ziplock bags until you’re next latex adventure!