Jeez i didn't want to actually start a discussion about the realism of clothing in Fallout lol.
Fetish wear just has been a staple of post apocalyptic raiders forever and i'm missing it. There is still some in FO4, see below, just not weird enough looking.
you wouldn't wear fetish-wear that won't be that protective.
Except they do lol.
Sack cloth with just holes for the eyes, gasmasks when clearly no one around them is wearing them so they're clearly not needed for their original function, the absolutely dumb harness clothing which is still literally just straps on your body, aren't protective either nor are tiny decorative spikes and studs in random places.
Not to mention that the normal under-clothing of raiders normally isn't a well armored vault suit or something sturdy either but just random rags and leathers, leaving the belly and the arms free.
Not to mention that in previous Fallout titles we could see people expecting combat running around topless like some gladiators, wearing high heeled boots, and almost as prominent cod-pieces as in Fallout 4, just not even made of frikking metal.
The reasons why someone WOULD wear that sort of stuff and stuff made of the bones of fallen enemies are the following:
-It looks menacing and cool. Raiders are mostly not faced with enemies alone, and the one enemy they encounter more than anyone else is humans, so looking threatening is half the battle won, and some fetish and decorative clothing can make you look like you came straight out of a nightmare.
-It also makes you seem less personable and more anonymous, and more *awe*-some, helping with powerstruggles and captives.
-The various belts and straps give plenty of opportunity to attach all sorts of objects and armor pieces, which is useful for people who don't carry their inventory around in a pocket dimension and want to travel light.
-Fetish clothing is mostly really sturdy, and really light, to withstand the BDSM stuff it's used for without hindering it. Which is good if you plan on keeping it from falling apart after so many years.
So as you can see there can be a certain logic to wearing that sorta stuff post apocalypse, but this wasn't even the reason why i wanted it, because frankly, it just looks really cool and visually signals the abnormality of the post apocalypse.
Edited by NobodySignificant, 04 October 2018 - 01:27 PM.