Constriction clothing fetish, or compression garment fetish, is a sexual fetish that revolves around a fixation upon tight clothing, and/or people dressed in tight garments. Clinical definitions of a constriction sexual fetish would require that a subject be fixated on tight garments to the extent that they are a recurrent (or exclusive) stimulus for sexual gratification.
A compression clothing fetishist may be aroused by the sight of a person wearing a tight garment, or by wearing the garment themselves, which might be because of the look achieved by wearing it or the way it feels while it is being worn (and this type of subject can also become arousel by seeing someone in tight clothing and imagining how it feels). Others with a compression clothing fetish may be aroused by the sight of such garments, even without wearing them and in the absence of other people wearing them, and may also derive pleasure from collecting them.
Separate from constriction fetishes as a paraphilia are compression garments worn to enhance appearance, such as tight jeans or other eye-catching clothing. The difference is whether, for the person concerned, the clothing is the focus of a sexual fetish, or is merely appreciated and found pleasing.
Clothing that limits the wearer’s movement is particularly popular among bondage enthusiasts and is a common place of bondage-related fetish fashion. Such restrictive fashions, among others, includes corsets, collars, and hobble skirts. As many restrictive items of clothing belong to women’s fashion, in the past male restrictive clothing fetishists can have had problems in obtaining and using this type of item without being labelled as transvestites. Fortunately a recent fashion for compression sportswear to ‘enhance performance and recovery’ has opened up new possibilities for non-cross dressing males who wish to indulge in this fetish. There is little evidence that compression sportswear is particularly effective as an aid to improved athletic performance and its popularity is more down to its fetish status than its efficacy. Some compression sportswear fetishists also like to be locked inside sports bags, as a way of combining sportswear and bondage fetishes. The British spy Gareth Williams whose dead body was found locked inside a North Face sports bag at a British intelligence ‘safe house’ in 2010, was allegedly an enthusiast for this type of activity.
The training corset and bondage corset have also become staples of fetish wear, particularly among professional dominants. A submissive or slave may also be forced to wear a tightly laced corset as a form of punishment or simply restriction. And the masochistic practice known as tightlacing creates a particular type of pleasure for the wearer. In the 1980s, pop music performers such as Madonna and Cyndi Lauper reintroduced and popularized the corset as a daring outerwear garment. This influence continues to the present day in both fetish and mainstream fashion.
A hobble skirt is a long, tight skirt, extending below the knees and often ankle length, it is so tight that it is difficult to walk in. When used as fetish clothing, it is often made of latex or PVC and sometimes corseted, to increase the restriction. Such skirts were briefly a mainstream fashion in the 1910s; however, they were soon abandoned as impractical. They were revived in the 1950s by John Willie and others, as a bondage/fetish style.
Spandex fetishism is a fetishistic attraction to people wearing stretch fabrics or, in certain cases, to the garments themselves, such as leotards. One reason why spandex and other tight fabrics may be fetishised is that the garment forms a “second skin,” acting as a fetishistic surrogate for the wearer’s own skin. Wearers of skin-tight nylon and cotton spandex garments can appear naked or coated in a shiny or matte substance like paint. The tightness of the garments may also be seen as sexual bondage. Another reason is that nylon-spandex fabric (preferred by many spandex fetishists) is often produced with a very smooth and silk-like finish, which lends a tactile dimension to the fetish – as well as a visual one. There is a sexual attraction to leotards and other dance related clothing. And might be extended to the related fetish for gymnasts and the clothing they wear.
Likewise, although compression sportswear allegedly boosts athletic performance, it is mainly worn for its sexual allure. It is claimed the tightness of compression sportswear increases blood circulation and thus prevents Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) by quickly eliminating body chemicals produced during exercise. In fact, most athletes who don compression clothing after a workout do so because it makes them feel horny and renders them more attractive to sexual partners and potential sex partners who share their fetish. Around the world compression sportswear fetishists hang out in gyms (which they find sexually alluring), and they also enjoy perving out in shop chains such as Britain’s Sports Direct.
In comic books, superheroes, superheroines, and supervillains are generally depicted as wearing costumes made of spandex or a similar material. The superheroines always wear skintight, very flashy and bright-coloured costumes that usually cover only just enough of the body to be presentable. Fantasies involving superheroes or the wearing of superhero costumes are commonly associated with spandex fetishism, and more recently with compression sportswear fetishism.