What is a Basque?
A basque is a corset. Originating from France specifically the Basque region. Traditionally, this item has a close and contoured fit that extends past the waistline, just over the hips.
Basques in BDSM & Fashion
A basque closely resembles a corset with the addition of cups for women’s breasts. It has traditional boning made of plastic, metal, or other materials. Unlike corsets, the focus is not simply on reducing the waist size. Basque’s are used to contour the whole body, breasts, stomach, waist, and hips. They are generally considered less restrictive and more for aesthetic pleasure
Overall the wearing of a basque does not contribute directly to BDSM activities or scenes. It is more a part of BDSM or fetish fashion than other similar types of garments. It is common to see basques being worn in BDSM fashion shoots, at parties or lifestyle events, and by dominatrix’s.
Dos and Don’ts
Basques were originally manufactured to be worn as lingerie but in modern times are generally worn as part of an outfit. When buying a basque, a woman can experiment when it comes to the style but it is essential that the basque fits properly. Many women opt to get them custom made in order to get a perfect fit.
Related Practices and Fetishes
Clothing fetishism, also referred to as garment fetishism is a sexual fetish in which an individual is sexually stimulated by either seeing, touching or wearing a specific type of clothing. Corsets and corsetry are closely related to basques. They are most commonly seen as a part of BDSM & fetish fashion and photography.