Difference between Wetlook and Latex?

evanescentowl evanescentowl
I see these two terms a lot, both when it comes to lingerie and within the alternative community. Is there a difference between the two? Is wetlook a style of latex? I'm not really sure.
06/06/2013
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geliebt geliebt
Wetlook is generally just a fabric of some sort that is coated with a latex-y finish to make it look a bit shiny and, well, "wet"! I don't know quite what it IS, but it's really just a finish on the fabric and can often wear off with lots of use.
Latex or Vinyl are just shiny materials. They're totally different from typical fabric and generally FAR more expensive. Latex is also much more high maintenance and requires plenty of prep to wear and take care of.

So they are very different things, indeed. Most casual wearers would opt to wear wetlook materials rather than latex because it's cheaper and easier, but the latex/vinyl enthusiasts would likely find a wetlook garment to be a piss poor substitute for the real thing. Latex is REALLY impressive looking, in my humble opinion. Wetlook looks cool, but it really isn't the same look.
06/06/2013
eri86 eri86
They look like the chafe something fierce. I can't imagine latex/vinyl to be very breathable fabrics either.
06/07/2013
evanescentowl evanescentowl
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Originally posted by geliebt
Wetlook is generally just a fabric of some sort that is coated with a latex-y finish to make it look a bit shiny and, well, "wet"! I don't know quite what it IS, but it's really just a finish on the fabric and can often wear off ... More
Oh woah! Thanks for the information.
06/07/2013
Mrs.Hellzapoppin Mrs.Hellzapoppin
Latex is is a rubber that requires lubricant or powder to get on. It is usually much shinier and has a different feel than wet-look. Like, rubber, really. Wet-look is almost always a nylon/spandex blend and is much softer and a smidge more breathable. The way it is woven creates the 'wet' look. There's also a type of spandex called darlex, which is a semi-wetlook.
06/07/2013
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