Leather stretches over time, so it is important to buy leather lingerie that is a snug fit to begin with. Like shoes, leather underwear becomes more comfortable the more it is worn. Leather lingerie comes in standard styles and fittings or you can purchase costumes such as French maids' outfits. Leather stores also tend to sell shoes, clothes and leather accessories such as chokers and masks. Leather underwear can be very vampy and gothic in style – definitely a must for rock chicks or dominatrices.
Its original bovine owner may not have had any problems with it, but for us wearing leather requires a little thought. Leather lingerie in particular has to be well made and well fitting if it is to look good, be comfortable and last. Leatherwear is made with a closer fit than its counterparts in other fabrics. It will stretch gradually when it’s worn, so knowing what size to buy is even more important than usual.
Leather is the kind of specialist underwear that is particularly convenient to buy online, especially if you’re looking for something a bit adventurous – no shop assistants to avoid eye contact with. And sites such as the cheerily alliterative Lisa’s Leather Lingerie offer a range of leather goods which you might be hard pressed to find all in one shop, catering for a variety of motivations for wearing the stuff. Bras, bodysuits, cinchers (which squeeze you into shape in a less rigorous way than a corset), dresses, shorts and garter belts – it’s all there. They also do G-strings, which might be an acquired taste. Speaking of acquired tastes, leather theme costumes are actually surprisingly cool – don’t knock that skimpy sailor girl suit till you’ve tried it (maybe!).
Leather is also being taken up by more mainstream manufacturers such as Triumph International, whose Leather and More range includes a gorgeous chocolate suede set with magnetic ties at the side of the briefs and front of the bra. There’s also a decent amount of plus size leather lingerie out there, so you can enjoy the experience whatever your shape. Diva make a range of leather lingerie and clothes in sizes up to 3X (UK sizes 24/26).
Whatever you’re looking for, it’s important to take care of it when you’ve found it. That’s not just the obvious stuff, like don’t put it in the washing machine (take it to a specialist leather cleaner instead). There are other things to bear in mind, such as the fact that leather needs to breathe and can dry out easily. So no plastic or extremes of heat, cold or humidity.
Do not put leather clothing in the washing machine! Wipe with a clean, slightly damp cloth or take garments to a leather-cleaning specialist. Leather needs to breathe and can dry out over time and lose its flexibility so it is important to look after leather garments properly. Do not store in plastic covers and avoid extreme heat, cold or humidity as these can dry the leather out.