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The slinky, fashionable world of latex.

Latex Halterneck Backless Mini Dress by Black Sheep Latex

Latex Halterneck Backless Mini Dress by Black Sheep Latex

Something wonderful has happened with latex clothing over the past few years, it’s gone from being a slinky item of fetishwear, to a vibrant, colourful, and uniquely alternative item of clothing, still retaining it’s stronghold in the fetish scene, latex has crossed over to become an incredibly versatile fabric that’s used for all styles of alternative fashion.

Unlike it’s sister fabric, pvc, latex retains more of a high quality sheen, and flexibility, just as shiny as pvc, but with more give to the fabric, allowing a world of designs and styles to be created using this wonder fabric. Of course, latex has long been used within alternative fashion, with many well known designers using this fabric to create striking, alternative couture designs. But over the past few years it’s become even more popular, with designers like our very own sellers, Black Sheep Latex and Lady Oops, creating colourful, creative designs with latex fabric that lean more towards the pin up and rockabilly style, rather than the fabrics former use in fetish wear.

It’s grown beyond it’s first use to become something that’s wonderfully versatile, creating designs that we wouldn’t have dreamed of before, from pin up pencil dresses, to gothic ruffled blouses, and vintage inspired lingerie, even cosplay gets a look in, with many a superhero adorning a latex outfit.

What can’t you create with latex?! It would seem that every design imaginable has been brought to life using this fabric. Designers have helped to turn this fabric into something that’s eye catching, striking, and fantastical, often creating items that you wouldn’t have initially dreamed possible, and managing to turn it into a gorgeous piece of alternative fashion.

It’s certainly as couture as you can get with alternative fashion, with each item being made by hand by the designer, which in turn allows them to create custom made designs in your shape and size. Each piece is a labour of love, with the designer hand crafting every element of that latex dress, or corset, from start to finish.

Latex Pleated Bow Kneelength Skirt by Lady Oops.

Latex Pleated Bow Kneelength Skirt by Lady Oops.

Like most clothing, latex does require a lot of love and attention, if you decide to invest in several pieces for your alternative wardrobe. Much like pvc, a good dusting of talc prior to dressing, can help to prevent those precious items from sticking to you, however, some items made from chlorinated latex, much like our very own seller Black Sheep Latex uses, can reduce the need to apply talc with the surface of the latex being smoothed making for easier wear and longevity.

You’ll have noticed that high quality sheen on modelled photos of latex clothing, giving it a similar shine to pvc, you can easily create this by polishing your new latex clothing to a high quality sheen that will cause plenty of envy. Silicon based sprays and wipes such as Armorall or Vivishine, can help to give your slinky new latex dress a gorgeous sheen. But it’s not just the cosmetic appearance of your latex that needs tending to, like any item of clothing a lot of care needs to be taken when wearing your latex clothing, remember to take off items of jewellery that may snag on the fabric before dressing, and avoid spraying perfumes and oils on your latex clothing, as these can affect the latex finish. To wash your latex clothing, rinse inside and outside of the clothing with luke warm water and dry them flat on a hanger before storing them away, these simple steps will help ensure that your latex clothing lasts for a lifetime.

It’s a really remarkable fabric, there’s no end to the designs that can be created using latex fabric, and it certainly catches your eye. Just taking a look around our selection of latex clothing and accessories, you’ll find a world of alternative styles created using latex, whether you prefer rockabilly fashion, to gothic, or burlesque to steampunk, you’ll find something that catches your eye. So whether you fancy dressing up your look with a few latex accessories, or trying a full length latex dress, why not take a look around our selection of latex clothing and accessories from alternative designers and see what takes your fancy.

Image credit: Black Sheep Latex dress photographed by Dean Wilkinson, modelled by Violet Eyes.