Latex Leggings

Latex leggings are a great way to introduce some latex into your wardrobe, whether you’re a first-timer curious about the material, or simply looking for the kind of latex fashion item that can give an edge to your style.

 

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Top: Maïa by Ricchy; Left-to-right: Mary D Model, Katerina Piglet, Kay Morgan

 

Wet-look leggings or bottoms are already in vogue and have been for some time, usually made of faux leather (pleather, PU leather, etc.), nylon, polyester, spandex, vinyl or a combination thereof. Just take a look at the array of slick bottoms on offer from Topshop alone.

Consider latex as another option in this fashion movement, if slightly more avant-garde. This clear line which can be drawn from the wet-look mainstream fashion trend to latex leggings makes them less likely to raise eyebrows than, for example, an entire latex dress, and therefore a good opportunity to wear latex out and about in more regular settings.

 

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Top: blogger Nicky Alicia; Left-to-right: fetish model Lara Larsen, bloggers Badm3l and danisbodystyle 

 

We think mixing and matching items of latex with other fabrics and patterns is one of the classiest ways of introducing some latex into your everyday style, and latex leggings are ideal for this as they can be paired with most things for a variety of looks. Try contrasting the smooth and reflective leggings with textures that have the opposite effect, like soft furs, or with looser garments which contrast the skin tight latex look with something light and flowing.

 

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Top: Larum Photography; Left-to-right: Actress Rafaela Salvadori, Nicoline Hansen Latex, Ankha Van Ayken by Latexperiment

 

Such is their versatility that depending on what they’re paired with they can be used for dressing up or down. The resulting image can be anything from casual, smart, chic, rock, or performance.

 

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Top: model Bella Isadora; Left-to-right: Larum Photography, Alexandra Potter by Latexperiment, and Leonor Andrade performing for Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final 2015.

 

As ever, celebs can be relied on for spearheading latex trends thanks to their bold fashion statements…

 

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Top: Kim Kardashian in Atsuko Kudo; Left-to-right: Haley Williams performing with her group Paramore, Sophia Tomalla at the InTouch awards 2016, and Paloma Faith wearing William Wilde at Camden Roundhouse,

 

…and hot on their heels, the fashion bloggers…

 

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Top: blogger ‘annesfashionlove’ showing one of her lookbooks; Left-to-right: Ricci Tauscher demonstrating sporty and dressy looks courtesy of Simon O latex, and fashion blogger ‘So Verseilles’ inspired by Kim Kardashian in her choice of leggings; Bottom: vlogger Vanessa Pur showing off the AK leggings in motion

 

Where to buy latex leggings?

Latex leggings are such a staple that they can be bought from nearly every latex designer, from the biggest companies to the individual producer.

High fashion labels like Atsuko Kudo and William Wilde do their own latex leggings.

Fetish-fashion outfitters such as Libidex, Westward Bound, House of Harlot or Simon O also do leggings as par for the course. Simon O in particular are worth mentioning as something of a leggings specialist, offering a wide range of designs and styles which can be heavily customised with various options, zips, text applique and so on.

Smaller companies like Catalyst Latex and Signature Latex all have their own take on leggings. Catalyst Latex, for example, treat their latex in a process known as chlorination which alters the chemical structure of the rubber making them easier to slip into. Signature Latex offer various options on their leggings, like zips, attached feet, etc.

 

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Top: William Wilde ‘Lolita leggings’; Left-to-right: Simon O, Louisa Johnson wearing House of Harlot lace-up leggings, Signature Latex

 

Hit up Etsy or DaWanda for a whole load of artisans producing tailored latex with care and passion from out of the home. Their latex is often competitively priced, the quality of the highest standard, and sometimes offers unique patterns, textures, etc.

 

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Top: Miss Grey Latex; Left-to-right: Zorenko, Essential Latex, and Lockstoff Latex.

 

But trust me when I say this is just scratching the surface. There are hundreds of latex fashion designers and most of them probably do some form of leggings. If you really want to explore your options I recommend trying the Latex Search Engine. Select your region from the tabs, and explore.

And if you are new to latex, a final word of warning: latex, especially when skin tight like leggings, demands preparation and patience to dress comfortably. The video below, although in German, demonstrates this aspect of latex in a fun way. We think the results are more than worth the struggle, although we might be slightly biased.

 

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Could you wear latex every day, in public?

Could you wear latex every day for a week? Or maybe just one day, but for every hour between waking and sleeping? These were the challenges set by LatexFashionTV to alternative models Maizy Marzipan and Katex respectively. But that doesn’t mean simply wearing latex around the house – no, that’s far too easy. Maizy and Katex had to wear latex going about their usual lives: out and about in public, meeting friends for coffee or drinks – even attending a job interview!

As part of the challenge, the models vlogged about their experiences. Take a look:

 

 

The overarching theme is latex in public, and the reactions it inspires among strangers or friends, the outcome here being positive or (contrary to expectation) wholly neutral. The issue of comfort is also addressed, both in the physical sense and in the sense of confidence and self-consciousness. On the material side, latex is often perceived as uncomfortable, and I believe this is a major misconception about latex which is knocked down here. Regarding the self-image aspect: the wearers’ confidence can, of course, depend on the reactions of others. But I also believe there’s some two-way traffic here, such that a confident, casual attitude can go some way to normalising the outfits, which can relax the attitudes of those around.

Overall, the message is positive and inspiring, whether that be being at ease with your style, however unusual (as Maizy says “I’m gonna rock this!”); being encouraged to push the boat out, or reinforcing an existing love for latex by putting it out there, in big letters.

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Ola Jordan and the Livana dress

Viewers of daytime UK television got a demonstration of latex fashion on Monday on the ITV show Loose Women. The show is usually fronted by an all-female panel, but on this special edition the hosts invited along their partners, who were each challenged to choose a new style for their other half.

James Jordan picked a latex dress for Ola Jordan. Well, wouldn’t you?

 

 

Apparently, Ola didn’t use talc or any other dressing aid – they just “squeezed her in”. This is not recommended with latex! And in fact it’s no wonder she found it uncomfortable, because without talc or dressing aid to negate the friction of natural rubber it’s liable to drag and pinch the skin. They should have read my guide on how to stay comfortable in latex! I just hate to think how many people might have been turned off latex after trying it once under the wrong conditions…

That aside, it’s a prominent showing for the House of CB dress. This design, named the ‘Livana‘, has already been worn by a number of celebrities at high-profile events, making it one of the most popular latex dresses from House of CB. More significantly, its popularity has trickled down to those not involved in show business: fashion bloggers and others on Instagram are seen wearing the dress out and about to parties and other such occasions which ask for a touch of glam. It might not be street wear just yet, but mainstream latex fashion is no longer the exclusive domain of the celebrity.

 

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Cerina Vincent, Kady McDermott, and Paulina Michaels

 

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Above: franciechann; bottom left to right: Nichi Hodgson, ms_princessjasmine, kamilakos. Below: Micah Gianneli 

 

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Kendall + Kylie – Drop Two

A good deal of credit for bringing latex fashion into the mainstream goes to the Kardashian-Jenner family. Kim was one of the first celebrities to wear the material out and about on special occasions (usually Atsuko Kudo), followed by all of her sisters in wearing latex at some point or other.

It’s quite fitting then that the younger two siblings have launched their own clothing collection, ‘Drop Two’, with the most prominent item being a gorgeous orange latex dress:

 

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Slightly more subtle but just as pretty is this black latex bra, also part of the new collection:

 

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Not only are the celebrities stepping out in latex; now they’re also lending their name to it. Another new development in latex fashion.

Teaser trailer below:

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Hanger’s Season 7 collection

These images belong to the lookbook for Hanger‘s new ‘Season 7’ or ‘Spring Demon’ collection.

 

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The obvious Japanese influence which permeates the Hanger brand as a whole is brought to the fore here, with the demon motif and Japanese lettering. I especially like how the high-res images allow seeing the detail on the appliqué.

 

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Hanger was one of the winners of the ASOS fashion discovery award. Do we dare imagine in the near future seeing images such as these on a mainstream internet fashion retailer?

What sticks out about Hanger is their emphasis on latex as an eco-friendly material. Being 100% natural, latex is sustainable and renewable, and more environmentally friendly than conventional cotton farming. As consumers become increasingly green-aware perhaps more latex designers will begin using this as an attractive selling point. Could it even be an additional factor which encourages the eco-conscious to give latex a try? The reasons to wear latex are mounting… not that we needed any excuses, of course.

 

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Reyko and Beatriz Luengo

Latex continues to capture the imagination of artists of all walks, and between updates of the biggest stars in the music industry using latex in their latest videos we’re able to discuss independent projects similarly finding inspiration in the material for their debut releases.

The debut video by Reyko, “Spinning Over You”, is from March and features lots of latex bodysuits, which are seemingly ubiquitous in music videos lately. However, the true star is the luscious yellow dress worn by the main singer, figure hugging on top and long and loose on the bottom. Seeing how loose latex falls and flows while catching the light is one of the great visual qualities of latex, here exploited to maximum effect against the black background of the set.

 

 

I knew I’d seen this dress before, and sure enough a little investigation dug out these pictures of Beatriz Luengo performing at the Spanish music festival Cadena 100 last year:

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It’s notable how the different levels of shiner used by each performer results in a different visual effect for the same dress. Both artists are Spanish, so at a guess I would say this is a design by premier Spanish latex label MadRubb, but don’t quote me.

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Another Billboard article: Stars are making latex mainstream

Billboard has followed up their interview with Dawnamatrix with a second article on the subject of latex clothing.

Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Rita Ora & Other Stars Are Making Once-Transgressive Latex Mainstream

This second article is a more in-depth exploration of the notion of latex entering into the mainstream, tracing its trajectory from fetish through music videos to high fashion.

Much is made of the material becoming fashionable due to its transgressive and aesthetic aspects, but besides a brief mention of latex clothing being a unique sensory experience I can’t help wondering if the sensual, transformative and empowering qualities of latex are overlooked. I think it is partly these qualities which cause a given celebrity to return to the material again and again. After all, just how transgressive can we expect it to be after seeing the same person wearing it for the umpteenth time?

In any case, I agree with the article’s conclusion that latex is unlikely to enter the mainstream in a way such as leather or vinyl has. Latex’s demand for patience, preparation, ritual and care, not to mention its cost prohibit it from becoming as widely popular as those above materials. The exacting nature of latex will keep it on the fringes of the mainstream: never to be over-exposed, always novel and therefore always potentially fashionable. The very impracticality of latex might just be its major strength and guarantee its staying power.

More thoughts on latex becoming mainstream here.

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Billboard interviews Dawnamatrix

Billboard has interviewed latex designer Dawn Mostow of Dawnamatrix. Read the full interview here.

Interviews with latex designers in mainstream publications with high readership are always significant as they present an opportunity, not only for the designers in question but for latex clothing in general to be introduced to a new, wider audience. Such interviews often broach the subject of latex becoming mainstream:

There have been dozens of superhero movies, music videos, and fashion collections featuring latex in the 2010’s decade alone.  Latex has been mainstream for a while now, and we’ve reached a level of comfort with the material that sees it incorporated into daily fashion.

And let’s not ignore the part played by the interviews and articles themselves in propagating and repeating this signal that latex = mainstream.

 

I think the interview is particularly good in that it covers wide ground, including Dawn’s influences, methods, how she began working with latex, and the famous projects she has been involved in. The article doesn’t just skirt over these subjects though, offering such details as design sketches, and exploring Dawn’s history of living and studying fashion in Japan and how this has inspired not just her designs but her design process:

Especially inspiring is how Harajuku fashion represents all of style history existing simultaneously, and the wearers go about daily activities like dining, shopping, and strolling in a park rather than just reserving that fabulous attire for dark nightclubs.

Dawn even offers some practical advice as to how one might follow this Harajuku example and introduce some latex into our daily, casual wardrobe. Because indeed, latex is too fabulous to remain only for the nightclubs:

Latex separates are a great way of incorporating some eye-catching interest into your look, and depending on the fit of the garment and personal preference, latex can be quite comfortable. Leggings, skirts, or even a latex bowtie or collar are a fun way to mix-and-match into your wardrobe.

 

Despite all this talk of fashion, looking fabulous and eye-catching, she doesn’t lose sight of the principal reason for the enduring popularity of latex staple outfits like catsuits: latex feels fabulous too:

And, of course, bodysuits/catsuits; these are the classic and quintessential latex garments that can transform a human into a super-human!

 

The best part of all, for me, is that Dawn is given ample opportunity to put into words just what it is about latex clothing that attracts people not only to wear it but also for people like her to make it their career:

It is futuristic, evocative, playful, with visual qualities similar to animation and graphic design. It demands attention and invites questions, while transforming the wearer. I fell in love!

It’s sensual, bold, mysterious, strong, and everything these celebrities represent wrapped up in a garment. It turns heads, and makes headlines. Latex’s look is futuristic and freeing. There’s no lying or hiding in latex. A celebrity visage in latex alludes to an empowering future that is within our grasp.

 

Below is a video not part of the Billboard article showing off some of the Dawnamatrix raincoats and outerwear from the new Waterproof collection mentioned in the interview:

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House of Etiquette in Nord Magazine

Toronto print and online magazine Nord focuses on the local art and fashion scene, so an article featuring the similarly Toronto-based latex label House of Etiquette was a no-brainer It’s just the latest in a long line of fashion magazines to feature House of Etiquette, their elegant latex designs perfect for mixing and matching with other textures to create classy and wearable fashion with an edge.

 

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New male range from Libidex

Libidex have launched their new Male Fetish Fashion collection, which is now available to buy on their website www.libidex.com. What’s more, to mark the launch there is a 25% discount on the new additions. Libidex already had one of the biggest ranges of male latex clothing, and the new collection increases that with over 100 new styles.

The new collection includes everything from catsuits, shirts and jackets to underwear, T-shirts and… onesies?
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Absolutely! Perfect for lounging around on a Sunday afternoon!

Some of the T-shirts feature some striking new designs:
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There are plenty of smart jackets when dressing to impress:
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While designs which ape familiar everyday styles, like the varsity or baseball jackets, are great for more casual latex wear:
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And of course there are new bottoms too, like these cool capri pants and leggings:

 

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Libidex have said this is actually only half of the new collection, with the next half coming in the next few months. Browse the current new additions here.