Water Water Everywhere...
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Apart from floods,
wet is good!
There's a reason
why the holiday camp wet-Tshirt
competition had such a
long innings... men like the
look of clingy wet clothes.
The wet look has been a feature of
mainstream cinema since film was invented.
In the days when nudity 'didn't exist' (if God
had meant us to be nude, we would have
been born that way - thank you Queen
Victoria), wet look was used as an erotic
suggestion of what lay beneath.While fully
clothed, a woman's shape could still be
expressed if her garments were wet and
clinging. She could also look dishevelled and
somehow more vulnerable. No Bollywood
film is complete without bad music and our
star-crossed lovers and a plethora of
glamorous chorus girls getting caught in a
torrential downpour.When wet, a woman's
staid and firm expressions are gone.
Sometimes the wetness brings about mock
anger with a would-be suitor, and at other
times joint hilarity - both reactions being
part of the mating ritual.When a man says
to a woman, 'I'm going to throw you in the
pool', the usual response is 'You wouldn't
dare!' - which actually means, 'I want you to,
but I'm not going to admit it,' and is a come-on
to do precisely that.
A subtle fetish
As with all fetishes, people are often
embarrassed about admitting to them. But
with wet look, it is easier to achieve what
you want - without it seeming to be a fetish.
If a woman really enjoys being spanked, it's
not always easy to contrive a situation where
that can happen without it being blatantly
obvious that being spanked is a turn-on.
However, it is very easy for her to achieve
her desire for a good soaking - walking in the
rain, making sure that she is the one who
ends up in the swimming pool at a party, or
even just taking a fully-clothed bath or
shower at home on her own. Men, too, do
this, but to a much lesser degree.
If you've ever been to parties at wellheeled
friends' houses or a club - and there
is a pool - undoubtedly, some, or even all, of
the girls will end up being thrown in the
water. And how many of them have you ever
heard seriously complain? I suggest that the
answer is next to zero.
What makes the look?
Let's go back to films again. One of the most
memorable moments of the old Bond
classics is, without doubt, Ursula Andress
emerging from the sea at the start of Dr No.
It is stunning, beautiful and wet, but, to be
honest, it is not truly 'wet look' - there are
too few clothes involved - in fact, hardly any.
Most aficionados of the scene will tell
you, 'the more clothes, the better'. They will
also tell you that there are fundamentally
two staple looks. One is very smart - evening
wear, business suits, or nice dresses with full
underwear. The other look is jeans or smart
trousers. In the case of the formal look,
stockings are almost a must, although a few
people prefer tights.With jeans, they should
really be light blue denim to show the colour
change better - black jeans work as well,
because they shine, but white ones don't.
Also, wet look doesn't really work in clothes
that are too casual - sportswear, loose
tracksuits, trainers etc. Perhaps that's
because sports kit gets wet and sweaty - and
that's not everyone's cup of tea...
If the wet look doesn't turn that many
people on, why are there so many events
contrived to feature it - wet T-shirt
competitions, foam parties in Germany and
many Mediterranean resorts, dunking tanks
at fairs and village fetes and even raft races?
On a hot summer day (if we ever have
one again!) just go to the fountains in
Trafalgar Square and see how many people
(many of them women) are cavorting in the
Tale of a water nymph
We know why men like looking at wet
women - water is sexy, the wet clothes
emphasise the body's shape and the slightly
'spoiled' look enhances the fragility of the
woman - almost in an S & M way, but
without the physical assault. But why do so
many women like getting wet? We asked a
friend of a friend of the magazine who has
been getting wet for more than twentyseven
years. This is Linda's story:
'It really started for me when I turned
eighteen. I was at a mixed school in the West
Country and it was a tradition for the girls to
be thrown into the school pond on their
eighteenth birthday. Most girls just accepted
the inevitable, some took the day off and
others would change into shorts and a T-shirt
just before the designated time of 1 pm.
I may not have been the only one - I
know now that I wasn't - but I was really
looking forward to the event. Being that sort
of formal grammar school, we still had to
wear full school uniform through the sixth
form and I made a special effort that
morning to look as good as I could. I took
more time over my hair and wore much
more make-up than normal - more than we
were meant to. I wanted to look my best.
All morning I was excited knowing what
was coming and couldn't concentrate on the
A-level revision lessons.When the time
finally arrived, with butterflies in my
stomach, I walked to the pond and just said
'Come on then.' I was picked up by my hands
and feet and on the count of 'three' was
hurled into the deepest part of the pond. I
surfaced, pushed my hair back and cleared
my eyes before climbing slowly out and
posing for a few pictures for the school mag.
This fascination - call it a fetish, if you like -
has dominated my sex-life ever since. At
university, I was always the one who
instigated the regular water-fights in hall and
who brought in the idea of birthday dunkings
- we had no pond in the grounds, so a cold
bath had to suffice.
I have confided my passion to most of
my boyfriends - and to my husband the day
we met - and we indulge whenever we can.
He says that it doesn't do much for him
getting wet himself, but finds me being wet
SWINGING his biggest turn-on.While most people
always find themselves in the kitchen at
parties, I always make sure I find myself in
the pool. I even managed it at our wedding
reception, fifteen years ago, when I jumped
off the diving board in my going-away outfit
and then threw my bouquet into the pool.
I wasn't surprised when half a dozen other
girls leapt in to fight for it, and by the end of
the evening almost everyone was in the pool
and swimming around.'
Why water works
'Why does it work for me? I don't really
know, but I've got theories. Firstly, it feels
naughty: doing something that you were
always told not to do: "Don't get your shoes
wet", "Don't get caught in the rain". "Take an
umbrella with you or you'll spoil your suit".
All things that I studiously ignore. Secondly,
like a good many people, I'm an exhibitionist.
I haven't got the confidence to deliberately
flaunt my body but, by getting "accidentally"
wet in clothing that I ensure clings and goes
virtually transparent, I am in a way exposing
myself to anyone who's interested.
But thirdly - and I think that this is the
biggest thing for me - I just love the feeling
of going from dry to wet. One moment I'm
immaculate and dry, and the next my clothes
are wet. They suck in and stick to me and
just feel amazing. There is a kind of suction
effect that wakes up your entire skin. To me,
almost half of the excitement and pleasure is
the anticipation of the soaking - still
being dry but knowing that
wetness is coming.
This might not work for everyone, but it does
for me, and if you haven't tried it yet, just
give it a go. You'll either thank me or think
that I'm mad.Whatever, I'm sure it will
stimulate your partner.'
Water - the ice-breaker
So what has wet look got to do with
swinging? Well, it's another form of fetish.
A gentler and more discreet one than BDSM,
and it's less demanding than being tied up,
strapped into a rubber mask or being soundly
spanked. It is also, very often, a group event -
think of the parties where everyone ends up
in the water. The liquid environment is sexy -
it's where we all came from and we all have
a yearning to feel it covering us again.
Whatever their body shape, all women look
great in wet clothing. They feel great, too,
and getting wet in their finest attire is a
form of abandonment: 'I've gone this far, I'm
relaxed and I feel good - so why not let go a
bit more?' On many occasions, getting wet is
either a precursor to an outbreak of
spontaneous swinging or can be part a
planned evening of swinging fun.
So, if you are a well-attired
water nymph - or a wetlook
watcher - pray for
some better summer
weather... or save up for
that indoor swimming pool
or garden spa.