What is a “Bodystocking”?
A bodystocking is a base undergarment made out of sheer, stretchy material. The material used in a bodystocking is the same fabric used in stockings and pantyhose, generally a nylon-based blend of synthetic fibers. Some bodystockings are made of lace or fishnet. Bodystockings are designed to be worn as a skin-tight, one-piece piece of clothing. They may or may not be be worn with or without a piece of lingerie. There are various applications in BDSM and bondage use but are largely an aesthetic or protective garment.
History and Usage of Bodystockings in BDSM
Historically, actors have used bodystockings in roles that require nudity to create the illusion of an actual naked body. American actress Adah Isaacs Menken wore one in an 1861 production of the play Mazeppa. She played a male character andwore a flesh-colored bodystocking in a scene in which her character is meant to be naked and tied to a wild horse’s back.
The sheer material of bodystockings make it a perfect prop for fetish scenes. It is revealing, sexy and has room to leave for a person’s imagination to run wild. It is this balance between being discreet and seductive that makes bodystocking truly appealing. They can also assist in protecting a player in a scene from potential allergens or other irritants. It can also be used in shame and humiliation play if a Domme or sub has a particular psychological need to be fulfilled there.
Different Kinds of Body Stockings & Risks
Most bodystockings are designed to be crotchless. Bodystockings come in universal sizes or one-size-fits-all, making it wearable for different body types and shapes. The only secret to making bodystockings work during foreplay or sex is choosing the right material and shade for the wearer. Bodystockings come in different variants—lace, sheer, fishnet and opaque. Every material is crafted to suit a specific type of preference.
Before wearing a bodystocking, it’s best to check for any allergic reactions with the material. Lastly, comfort is very important. The wearer must be able to choose between wearing the bodystocking alone or pairing it with undergarments or lingerie.
Related Practices & Fetishes
Fishnet fetish and stockings fetish (categorized under underwear fetish) are sexual fantasies that are closely related to the use bodystockings in a sensual setting. People with fishnet fetish find pleasure in seeing the contrast of fishnet garments against the skin when worn. Stocking fetish is very similar, in that the act of watching someone put on stockings or simply watching someone wear stockings is sexually arousing.
In some cases, there are individuals who wear bodystockings or fishnets at work. They conceal the sheer undergarment beneath trousers or pair it with suspenders and office attire to make it seem less revealing in public. Additionally it can play a role in CFNM scenes where female nudity is not required but still plays a role in the fantasy. Bodystockings are also common in various kinds of dollification and animal based role play costumes.
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