What was once considered a 'dungeon' fetish is now making its way into bedrooms the world over, so it's important to learn some rules to make sure your bondage play is satisfying and safe. When done correctly, bondage can be an intimate, sensual and sexy experience for all.
While you may not yet participate in the more advanced or extreme forms of bondage, such as self-bondage, you should still exercise caution and safety in even the simplest practices. So if you want to be sexy and safe with your bondage play, here are some tips to get you started…
Above: In this video, Jess Wilde explains why you and your partner should always agree on a safe word before exploring bondage, spanking, or any other kinds of "serious sex play".
Once you've taken the plunge and tried bondage for the first time, you may decide that it's something you'd like to experiment with further.
Traditionally, vanilla couples experiment with bondage by being tied up and objectified as a sexual thing - to be touched, toyed with, pleasured and pleased without having to do very much at all. This is great fun at first, but couples often find that this kind of play becomes a one-sided affair.
There's a whole world of toys and tools to explore, but you'll need an inventive imagination to go with them to keep sexy restraint scenarios fresh. By incorporating explorable themes into your bondage play, you'll find it easier to renew the experience time and time again.
BDSM is an all-inclusive term given to any sexual behaviour that might be considered 'kinky'. Pain, physical restraint and servitude would be frowned upon in a non-sexual scenario. In BDSM circles, however, these practices are engaged in with the consent of both people involved for mutual satisfaction and excitement.
Spanking, whipping, tying, binding, scratching - whatever you fancy trying, you can quickly become a sexual tigress and bring out your kinky side with our guide to BDSM and bondage…
Above: Not sure what the letters in B-D-S-M stand for? Watch this video guide with Jess Wilde to make knowing your B's from your D's as simple as A-B-C!
The world of sex toys can be daunting, to say the least. Whether you're buying for someone special or treating yourself, it's hard to know where to start. This guide will give you a whistle stop tour to the sex toys section on Lovehoney so you know exactly where to start looking for what you want.
Above: Whether you're looking to buy your first sex toy, or your hundredth, there are some things you just gotta know. Watch this video guide and let Jess Wilde show you the way.
Because latex is a natural, biodegradable material and it’s incredibly sensitive to oils, including the natural oils in your skin. Latex items can be expensive and become sentimental and if you're not careful with cleaning and storage, the next time you reach for your favourite latexwear it could have completely disintegrated.
However, it’s really easy to keep your latex looking as good as new and ready to wear over and over again. All you need to do is make sure you wash and store your latex properly, and this guide explains precisely how to do it to prolong the life of your favourite pieces.
If you like the look of shiny clothing, you may have already tried PVC or patent leather. The next step for many people is trying latex or rubber. You don't have to be a hardened fetishist or fashionista to try latex and this guide will help you choose the right size latex wear and explain how to put it on.
Before you start: check that you do not have a latex allergy. Cut cheap latex gloves into strips and place them in various places against your skin (under a bra strap, inside a sock, inside a waistband) and, after an hour or two, check for any signs of irritation.
You may be thinking; “But I've used condoms, I know I'm not allergic.” You should still patch test various parts of your body before encasing yourself in the stuff, just to be sure.
Above: Watch fetish expert, Jess Wilde, explain all you need to know about wearing latex clothing.
Being pregnant shouldn't mean you have to sacrifice on sex appeal - however, we often get contacted by women who have trouble feeling sexy during pregnancy.
The key to shopping for sexy maternity lingerie is to choose something loose and flattering that won't start to feel uncomfortably tight as your baby grows. Comfort is important, so we recommend staying away from underwired or boned lingerie - save the lace-up corsets until after you give birth!
One size lingerie tends to have more of a stretch than regular sized clothing, meaning it expands for a comfortable fit as your bump grows. We've chosen some key pieces below that look great before, during and after pregnancy, helping you feel satisfied and sexy for the entire nine months.
Above: Watch lingerie expert Sammi Cole tell you all you need to know about sexy maternity lingerie.
Lingerie shopping is tricky at the best of times. If you've tried and failed to find the perfect lingerie gift for your partner before, it can be tempting to write off the whole experience and stick with some flowers instead. Flowers are lovely, but most of us girls would like a present too. Oh, and some chocolate.
If you're left jaded by the world of female undergarments (and not even our Guide to Lingerie Styles could help), then there's an easy solution you can try: the wonderful world of the One Size garment.
These beauteous items of clothing are designed to fit and flatter most figures, making one size items as close to a dead cert as you can get.
This guide should give you all the information you need to buy the ideal one size lingerie for your lover, and we've even listed our top ten favourite pieces to make the choice even easier.
Above: Looking for the perfect one-size lingerie? Lovehoney's lingerie expert, Sammi Cole, is on hand to help in this video.
Perhaps the sexiest piece of lingerie imaginable, the corset gives you an enviable shape and boosts your confidence - a winning combination in the bedroom. However, the world of corsets can be bemusing, but there's nothing to fear.
This guide will tell you everything you need to know, from how to measure yourself to how to put a corset on and everything in between. Remember, with our easy 365 day returns policy you can try as many corsets as you need to in order to find the perfect fit.
Definitions for basques, corsets and bustiers vary between companies. Anything with lacing down the back or an hourglass shape can be referred to as a corset and this can cause a lot of confusion when you're trying to decide what to buy and how to measure yourself.
So what is the difference between these garments and how does that change how you wear them?
Above: Lovehoney's lingerie expert, Sammi Cole, talks you through the difference in fitted lingerie styles in this video.