15 Sex Trends To Look For This Year
Last week we talked about what an exciting year 2014 was in the world of sex toys, but 2015 is set to be an even bigger year in terms of sex toy technology, with lots of brilliant new products due for release.
But that's not all. The much-anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey movie is being released in February, and we think the world of kink is set to be thrust into the mainstream spotlight like never before.
I've been chatting with our Online Trade Team to get the lowdown on what's set to be big in sex in 2015. With an industry insight from trade shows, suppliers and customer shopping habits, they were able to let me in on the sure-fire top trends of the next 12 months.
Check out our 15 sex predictions for 2015 below, and don't forget to have your say in the comments!
You heard it here first - 2015 is set to be the year our sexual boundaries get pushed further as people demand more pleasure.
Sex Toy Category Manager Alice predicts a shift in our attitude towards sex toys too, saying "I’m anticipating a bit of a backlash against the pastel-coloured, couple-friendly revolution that’s happened over the past 3 years. I think brasher toys and kinkier items will carve out a real place for themselves."
Start With: ROCKBOX 2: Mains Powered Unisex Vibrator (£50.00)
2. Fifty Shades of Grey Film Fever
The Fifty Shades of Grey movie, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as Christian and Ana is due to be released on February 14th, and We. Can't. Wait. With anticipation for the blockbuster already sky-high, we've been eagerly scouring each new trailer and it looks like it's going to be amazing.
Anyone looking to bring some sexy Christian Grey style to their own bedrooms need look no further than the Fifty Shades of Grey Official Pleasure Collection, which features sex toys and bondage gear inspired by the books (and approved by E L James herself!)
Start With: Fifty Shades of Grey Totally His Soft Handcuffs (£14.99)
The technology used in sex toys has been advancing before our eyes in the past few years and it's really quite incredible. Who would have thought the day would come when you could control your lover's vibrator from anywhere in the world using your smartphone? Look no further than the We-Vibe 4 Plus!
We're expecting more apps, more cameras, more long distance remote control and in general more amazing tech from luxury vibrators this coming year.
Start With: We-Vibe 4 Plus Remote and Smartphone Control Clitoral and G-Spot Couple Vibrator (£100.00)
4. High Fashion Nipples Pasties
A headline caught my eye recently: apparently "nipple pasties are now totally a fashion thing". With celebs like Lady Gaga and Cara Delevingne donning nipple pasties under sheer blouses, it looks like this risqué fashion trend is here to stay. Would you ever wear nipple pasties (and little else) in public?
Start With: Hauty Spike Studded Leather-Effect Nipple Pasties (£8.00)
5. Better Male Sex Toys
Start With: Nexus Revo Stealth Remote Controlled Rotating Silicone Prostate Massager (£149.99)
The Lovehoney buying team noticed an unusual trend at trade shows this year - heat up vibrators that can be adjusted to a warm temperature.
It's not totally out of the blue - we know you guys love glass dildos partly because of the opportunity for temperature play. Want to find out how to warm up your glass dildo at home? Check out our video on temperature play for some tips.
Start With: Tracey Cox Supersex Glass Dildo Set (£20.00)
7. Jiggle All The Way
It started with jiggle balls, the magical little kegel exercisers that not only felt nice, but also improved pelvic floor strength and made sex better. Then came the very exciting jiggle butt plug. And there's an exciting new jiggle product coming out this year that's set to launch jiggle mania once again.
If you're looking for a sex toy that improves your sex life in the long run, you can't go wrong with a pair of jiggle balls. Take a look at our jiggle ball guides for more information on choosing and using Ben Wa balls.
Start With: Lovehoney BASICS Oriental Silver Ben Wa Jiggle Balls (£8.99)
8. Strap On
Alice notes "Strap ons aren’t going anywhere. More people will enjoy strap on sex, pegging and double penetration."
Intrigued by the idea of strap on sex or pegging but not sure where to start? Take a look at our strap-on buyer's guides for information on pegging, choosing a harness that fits and more.
Start With: Lovehoney Strap On Harness Kit with 7 Inch G-Spot Dildo (£32.99)
Can you imagine how innovative the first vibrator must have seemed in the 1860s? We're seeing inventors think outside the box once more and approach pleasure from, ahem, different angles. Look out for new types of stimulation emerging in the coming months, but as Alice notes "New technology yes, but not just whizzy gadgetry but real technology that actually changes the sensation - like the Revel Body SOL USB Rechargeable Sonic Pulsating Clitoral Vibrator that uses magnets and magic to work."
There is also a super, super secret Design a Sex Toy winning entry in development that harnesses an alternative power source. But that's all we're saying!
Start With: Revel Body SOL USB Rechargeable Sonic Pulsating Vibrator (£99.99)
10. Sheer Bras
Is there anything sexier than catching a cheeky glimpse of skin through semi-sheer lace or mesh lingerie? I think not! Sheer is going to be big in mainstream fashion in 2015, and lingerie is no different.
Lovehoney's resident lingerie expert Gemma agrees: "Sexy see through bras are going to be a big thing for 2015. My favourite is the Lovehoney Love Me Lace Halter Bra in red - the matching boyshorts are gorgeous, too! And both bra and boyshorts are also available in Plus Size."
11. Penis Extenders
"Penis sleeves and extensions are already popular, but I think they’ll become more commonplace in 2015. It’s the next logical step after more acceptance of male and couple toys," says Alice. And we couldn't agree more.
2014 was the year that smashed the penis extender taboo to smithereens, and we think their popularity is going to grow and grow. Not sure what extenders are, or why anyone would use them? Our Guide to Penis Extenders is a good place to start.
Start With: Lovehoney BASICS Textured Penis Enhancer Sleeve (£8.99)
This won't come as a shock: Rechargeable vibrators are here to stay. We're predicting less sex toys come with their own chargers, and rather many more utilise universal USB charging.
We love USB rechargeable vibrators because no-one needs yet another charger taking up space in their bedside drawer, and they're also great for travel as you don't need to pack an adapter. Win win!
Start With: Lovehoney Silencer 6 Function USB Rechargeable Bullet Vibrator (£12.00)
13. Erotic Massage
Erotic massage isn't a new thing by any means, but we've seen a whole load of delectable new massage products hit the market recently that make it easier for anyone to give spa-worthy sensual massages.
Between oils, massage candles and hot stones, turning your bedroom into a relaxing massage parlour has never been easier and I predict we'll see lots of people improve their technique in 2015. Read our How to Give an Erotic Massage guide for tips on getting started.
Start With: Lovehoney Vanilla Flavour Edible Massage Oil (£5.99)
Lingerie Category Manager Gemma notes "We've always loved French maid costumes at Lovehoney, but this year they're going to be even more popular. Watch out for lots of new styles coming in soon - particularly in plus size!"
Start With: Music Legs French Maid Set (£30.00)
We've seen a huge attitude shift on how we discuss sex and sex toys in the past few years. In fact, it's hard to believe that it was only a handful of years ago when Lovehoney got kicked off Facebook and Twitter for indecency! Don't worry, we got our pages back - you can like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter if you want to.
I predict that this year we'll see a lot more frank discussion about sex, sex toys and BDSM in the media, sparked partly by the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. We're looking forward to it, because we're the sexual happiness people and we love to talk about sex. Speaking of which, have you said hi on our forum yet?
Start With: Vexed by Vibrators? We Can Help.
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