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C Is for Costumes

Fri, Apr 12, 2013

Advice, Toys

The following is from our very own naughty dictionary,¬†150 SHADES OF PLAY: A Beginner’s Guide to Kink.¬†Bolded words signify individual entries that appear elsewhere in the A-to-Z section of the book. Anything with a tie icon¬†¬†indicates an activity or prop mentioned in the¬†Fifty Shades¬†series (symbolic of the famous woven tie¬†Christian Grey¬†uses to restrain¬†Anastasia Steele…and oh how we wished there’d been a gimp suit in Fifty!). The idea being: look up something you‚Äôre interested in and, from there,¬†make it a choose-your-own-adventure book by following any bolded words that pique your interest to their own dedicated entry. Or just start at A and don‚Äôt stop ‚Äėtil you get to Z‚ÄĒor ‚Äėtil you‚Äôre compelled to try something out with your partner, whichever comes first!:



If it’s a uniform of some sort that’s tight, revealing, and made of latex, there’s a 99.99% chance it’s a fetish outfit. However, you can certainly go for more realistic costumes by using things lying around the house (D.I.Y.-style), renting one from a non-fetish costume shop, or getting your hands on an authentic uniform (try eBay or industry supply shops). The idea is to get into character and find your motivation for a littlerole-playing, or at least for feeling like someone you’re not: There’s nothing like a naughty nurse’s outfit to give you the confidence to finally poke your boyfriend with a lubed, latex-gloved, index finger.

Other popular costumes (most of which come in handy latex versions) include: doctor, patient, priest, nun, military personnel, interrogator, vampire, Victorian, school marm, (Catholic) school girl/boy, cheerleader, governess, little kid/baby, police officer, Canadian mountie‚ÄĒbasically anything that helps create or emphasize a certain sexual¬†power¬†dynamic.

If you’re feeling less than adventurous, know that wearing something just a little more sensuous than usual can help get you in the right mood for play (remember, Ana swapped her big T-shirts for some nice silk numbers). See also wigs.

For more on roleplaying, BDSM, and other kinky endeavors, pick up a copy 150 SHADES OF PLAY, on sale now at Amazon!

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