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Subject: Re:If you can market legwear as swimwearyou can justify getting wet?
Date: Mon 05/11/18 16:37:22 GMT
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Well, I would like to put forward, if not an opposing point of view, then certainly one which only has partial overlap with MK's position on this.
Many leggings seem to be sold as swimwear AND general sportswear, but they are overwhelmingly used in the real world as fashion items or gymwear. Certainly, in the UK, whether in pools or in the sea during the summer, it's very, very rare to see anyone wearing swim leggings, but on an average day in London, I see plenty of women and men running in leggings, and plenty of women just wearing them as a fashion item.
I would add to MK's list of the 3 enjoyable attributes of wet clothing:
4) when an item of clothing that is designed to be worn as ordinary streetwear is used as swimwear, and 5) when an item of clothing that is designed to be swum in, even though it conforms to the conventional notion of non-swimwear. So, for example, I find swimshirts alluring. Why? Because even though they are designed to be swum in, most people do not swim wearing shirts! I believe that both of these attributes are in partial play with swim leggings because, to anyone but the wearer, it won't be obvious whether the leggings are designed primarily for swimming, or for "yoga".
Also, returning to item 2 in MK's list "when a fabric changes color to show the difference between wet and dry", this does happen to leggings etc, but very subtly. Often, it's a case of increased shine, and only for a few seconds after emerging from the water. So, another attribute of wetlook that turns me on is 6) when the person wearing the wet clothes is "secretly" wet... if I can wear wetlook clothing among muggles I find it a real thrill. I have done this, for example, wearing cycling lycra, which, like swimwear, is designed to be impervious to the effects of sweat and water.
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By MK - email@example.com Sun 04/11/18 23:09:45 GMT
I should have mentioned that there are 2 kinds of wetlook fans.....wetlook practitioners and wetlook voyeurs. I am of the latter and not the former, so I see the differently to a practitioner because I just see things from a "look" point of view and not from a "feel" point of view. So the wetlook practitioners probably see things differently because for them, it is all about the experience.
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also we all may like swimming in non-swimwear better, to me it is a mistake not to talk positiv about such sunprotectionswimwear.
You ask why? Well it's simple if you think in a more longtime strategic way. When people get used to this protectionswimwear they will get used to people wearing different suit than swimsuit or bikini.So there will come a day, when noone is looking strangly a you, when go swimming with jeans and t-shirt. And there will be people, who forgot they protective swinwear und will go swimming with just the Clothes they came with.
So thinking (and talking) positive about protective swimwear might lead to more chances of "real" wetlook. And at least the change of color is something that can also happen :)
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By MK - firstname.lastname@example.org Sun 04/11/18 21:45:13 GMT
The entire appeal of wetlook to me is when the clothing used in wetlook situation is NOT intended to get wet...i.e. the sense of naughtiness in doing something you are not supposed to do. Clothing that is designed for the purpose of getting wet has no appeal for me...i.e. swim tights, swim vests, burka style swim wear etc. For me that is unappealing as wearing a raincoat when it rains.
The main problem I have with purposely designed swim clothes is that the fabrics they use are purposely designed to be impervious to the effects of water ......i.e. the 3 most enjoyable wetlook fabric attributes for me are 1) when a fabric changes shape or clings, 2) when a fabric changes color to show the difference between wet and dry, and 3) when a fabric goes see thru.....and none of these things happen with swim clothes....only with street clothes.
Swim leggings for me are not much different to wearing a scuba wet suit.......but that's just the opinion of an old fuddy duddy.
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