Sexy Summer Nights: How to Keep Cool When Things are Heating Up
We're freewheeling it down to the hottest summer months here, and though the sun may not be particularly forthcoming, the heat certainly is.
But with the nights as humid as they have been lately, it's not always that easy to get in the mood come bedtime.
If you're anything like me, the evenings are more an experimentation to see which combination of arms and legs flung outside the duvet keeps you coolest, rather than which combination of entwined limbs is most erotic.
Luckily, though, there are ways to raise the raunch factor without raising the temperature. We've put together a hand-selected collection of summer-friendly toys, lingerie, and bondage gear to keep you looking and feeling your sexiest through the summer months.
So whether you're getting steamy in Southampton, sizzling in Swansea, or fiery in Fife, just read on to see our sultry summer treats.
Sexy Summertime Lingerie
Whether you're looking for sexy sleepwear that won't leave you feeling sticky and uncomfortable, or a summer-y new take on seduction, we've got just the thing for you. Opt for lightweight, sheer fabrics which breathe easily, and flared shapes that skim over your body to give greater airflow.
Lovehoney Flaunt Me Floral Lace Robe (£19.99)
Thanks to the short hemline, elbow-length sleeves, and adjustable fit, the Flaunt Me lace robe makes the perfect summer cover-up. Throw it over bare skin to create a comfy but sexy lingerie look.
Summer is all about those bright colours, and the stunning royal blue and cerise pink of this flirty bra set is a great way to inject some sunny style to your lingerie. Plus, the half-cups and lace mini skirt keep you cool all evening long.
With sheer heart-printed mesh and a lace-up back that lets the breeze easily get to your skin, this slinky chemise feels as fresh as it looks. Plus, the white colourway and baby-blue ribbons will really set off your holiday tan.
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If you've never tried a temperature-responsive toy before, then now's your time. These glass, ceramic, and metal pleasure playthings can be heated (and, more importantly, cooled) in water before use for refreshing new sensations.
Icicles No. 8 Ribbed Glass Dildo (£34.99)
As much a treat for the eyes as anywhere else, this ravishing ribbed glass dildo is made from hypoallergenic borosilicate glass and decorated with a sparkling iridescent pattern. Pop it in the fridge for a few minutes for thrilling chills.
Coco de Mer Hot and Cold Ceramic Dildo (£149.99)
If patterned china is your cup of tea, a ceramic toy such as this vintage-inspired dildo could be just the thing. The hollow interior can be filled with cold water to keep it cooler for longer, as well as adding an unusual and exciting motion to the toy.
Adventurous anal players will love the smooth and sturdy sensation of this beautifully crafted steel plug from njoy. The slim-but-firm shape can be cooled in a bowl of cool water for a feeling that's more refreshing than a lemonade ice lolly.
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When it comes to the world of BDSM accessories, the market can seem a little leather-dominated (pun fully intended). So keep away the sado-masochist summer sweats with our selection of satin, cotton, and silk restraints instead.
Slim, smooth, and simple to use, these scarlet satin restraints are a must for fuss-free summer bondage play. The handy loops at the ends allow you to create quick and easy knots, even if you never got your knotwork badge at Scouts.
There's nothing quite like cotton for keeping cool in the summer months, and this versatile shibari rope offers you 10 metres of the stuff. Experiment with harnesses, wrist restraints, and ankle cuffing, or check out our guide to rope bondage here.
Whether you're looking to block out that early summer sunrise, or fancy a more luxurious addition to your bondage collection, Coco de Mer's pure silk blindfold is the bondage equivalent of the cool side of the pillow. Simply tie it over your eyes for comfortable visual restriction.
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