Although there’s nothing quite like having sex with skin-to-skin contact, sometimes certain circumstances call for keeping your clothes on during sex. Having a quickie is one such example, as is having sex in an elevator, in a bar bathroom, in a restaurant coat closet, the car, in an alley way on the way home from a bar ― you know, basically any and all public sex places. As much as you may want to strip down to your bare ass for elevator sex, it’s rarely a good idea. Unless, of course, you’re in an abandoned building where no one uses the elevator, but then would you really want to do that? Like what if the elevator gets stuck, your phone dies, and then you have to decide who’s going to eat who to survive? No fun.
But my point is, there are times when it’s just best to keep your clothes when it comes to having sex. There’s also an element of hotness there, too: You’re clothed, but you’re getting it on, and it just feels good, like you're getting away with something. Seriously. If you haven’t tried it, you should.
So the next time you want to get it on, but know you should keep your clothes on, here are seven sex positions you can totally pull off and still thoroughly enjoy.
1. Coital Alignment Technique
How to do it: The Coital Alignment position is a variation of missionary. You lie on your back with your legs up and knees pulled in as your partner grinds as they penetrate.
Why you can keep your clothes on: In this position, all a male partner has to do is take his penis out, so everything else can stay on. As for a woman, if she’s wearing a skirt, she can either remove her underwear, or simply to push them to the side so she can be penetrated. If she’s wearing pants, it’s still a doable, but because her partner is between her legs, she has to at least pull her pants down far enough so he can get between her legs.
What it’s great for: Clitoral stimulation.
2. Doggy Style
How to do it: All you have to do is get on your hands and knees while your partner penetrates you from the back.
Why you can keep your clothes on: Again, for a male partner, it’s just a matter of taking his penis out of his pants. For women, this is actually going to work best if you’re wearing a dress or skirt. I mean, you could pull your pants down to your ankles, which still counts as keeping them on, but considering where your partner needs to be ― between your legs ― they could get in the way. Or they could just kneel on your pants, I suppose.
What it’s great for: G-spot stimulation. But you can also add a toy or your hand to stimulate your clit in this position as well.
3. X Marks The Spot
How to do it: First of all, X Marks the Spot requires a bed or a table on which the woman can lay. Then she raises and crosses her legs, resting them on her partner’s chest while they penetrate her from a standing position.
Why you can keep your clothes on: As is bound to be the case for all of these positions, the male partner just needs to unzip and pull out his penis. The woman just needs to lay back and either remove just her underwear or, again, pull it to the side. In this position, if you want to keep your clothes on, it works for skirts, dresses, and pants, because your legs aren’t spread so pants don’t get in the way of being penetrated.
What it’s great for: Deep penetration and G-spot stimulation.
4. Kneeling Reach-Around
How to do it: One of you gets on your hands and knees while the other one kneels behind, so her body is pressing against the other as she fingers the clitoris.
Why you can keep your clothes on: If you're both wearing skirts or dresses, this is an easy one to maneuver, which makes it a great position for taking it outside the bedroom — try it on staircase or up against a sofa.
What it’s great for: Clitoral stimulation
5. In A Chair
How to do it: For In a Chair, have a male partner take a seat on a chair, then straddle while facing him.
Why you can keep your clothes on: Because you need to straddle not just your partner but a chair, this is definitely one that require either a dress or skirt to make it work. Of course, your mail partner can keep all of his clothes on because ― wait for it ― he just needs to take out his penis! I feel like we’re seeing a pattern here, no?
What it’s great for: Clitoral stimulation, because you’re in control as you bump and grind.
How to do it: The Spooning position is just the sex version of your regular cuddle spooning position.
Why you can keep your clothes on: Well, we’ve already drilled it into your head why guys can keep their clothes on, but for women to keep theirs on is a bit tricky with this one. Just as with any position in which the woman is being penetrated from behind, a skirt or dress are definitely preferred. However, if it’s one of those days where only jeans will do, then pulling them to your knees should be enough so your partner can get in there good and deep.
What it’s great for: G-spot stimulation.
7. 'Weak In The Knees'
How to do it: One partner lies on her back while the other lowers herself on her knees so her clitoris is over her partner's mouth. The partner on her back performs oral sex and can use her free hands or to caress her partner's body.
Why you can keep your clothes on: The partner on her back can be fully clothed, while the other can just lift up her skirt or dress.
What it’s great for: Oral sex
How to do it: For the Butterfly sex position, you’re going to want to lay on a bed or table, while your partner stands in front of you. Because you’re a little lower than him, he’s going to lift your hips so your vagina and his crotch are at the same height. From here, with your hips in his hands and your legs resting against his shoulders, he’s in control of pulling himself deeper and deeper into you.
Why you can keep your clothes on: Because there isn’t any penetration from the back going on, so you don’t have to worry about removing anything. If you’re in a skirt or dress, it’s definitely ideal, but if you’re in jeans, you can pull them down a bit. As long as you’re still able to spread your legs and he can get inside, then you’re good to go.
What it’s great for: Men with smaller penises, because it provides deeper penetration.
9. The Sofa Brace
How to do it: The Sofa Brace is sort of a modified Doggy Style, as your partner is penetrating you from behind, while you’re draped over the couch.
Why you can keep your clothes on: Because your legs are together, whether you’re rocking a skirt or pants, it works, because you’re not the one doing the straddling. It’s when a woman has to straddle that pants totally get in the way. For this one, you either just flip up your skirt or dress, or drop your pants just far enough down so your partner can get in there.
What it’s great for: G-spot stimulation.
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