a common fetish figure
A French maid costume consists of (everything black unless specified):
- high heels
- fishnet stockings
- some sort of very short skirt, of the kind that sticks out a bit, possibly thanks to a small crinoline. Frequently edged with white lace.
- a frilly white apron, more symbolic than protective
- a corset, excruciatingly tight
- a choker, possibly with a cameo
- a frilly white headpiece
Gloves are optional. Variations of the costume include lock-on shoes and the usual bondage paraphernalia
The french maid is a mainstream sexual archetype (like the schoolgirl and the nurse), but in the fetish/BDSM context she is, almost always, the submissive character in a DS relationship (or scene, let us not be specific here). A cute European/French accents is helpful but not necessary.
A french maid can also be used by a dominant as an "agent" in a scene to, e.g. punish a third person: the idea being that it is extremely humiliating to be dominated by proxy, especially if the proxy is the ever-submissive french maid.
It remains only to be said that a French maid isn't necessarily French
nor (more interestingly) a woman: transvestite
fantasies (especially of the forced feminization
kind) occasionally lean towards the French maid stereotype.
Let us make a deal: you do not ask me how I know, and I do not ask you why you are reading this, OK :-) ?
thanks to belgand