It’s a sad fact that many, many women are plagued by insecurities about their body based on what they think a man is looking for – or looking at – the most. It’s true that the male of the species is programmed to be a tad superficial, looking for certain physical queues in a potential female mate. The queues? Indications of fertility like big lips, wider hips with a narrower waist and even shiny hair, all of which indicate fecund youth.
However, men are also complex characters with highly evolved sexualtiy and they’ve proven themselves time and again to be less shallow and less predictable than we generally imagine. Men are obviously attracted to the commonly sexualised female body parts like the boobs. Yet multiple surveys of men – including one recently conducted by Cosmopolitan, one of our sources for this ranking – have shown a different, more surprising list of body parts that women have probably never given a second thought to. Sometimes, there are other ways to a man’s heart than via the typical cleavage or tight jeans (although, those are definitely up there!).
Feet aren’t usually the first thing that come to mind when you think of “sexy” but nevertheless they’re commonly listed by a lot of men as a turn on. Seeing a woman in heels, or with their toes painted a cute, vibrant color can really get some men going. Small, slim ankles are also apparently appealing and the fact that women’s feet are so much smaller (and, let’s face it, less troll-ish) than men’s are also factors in the allure of a woman’s feet.
The back is probably a less fetishised female body part than the feet are; sexy, curved backs frequently appear in hot photo shoots and backless dresses can make men crazy. Stretching out and arching your back can probably be enough to make most men hot under the collar. Add in a tattoo, especially near the shoulders or lower back area, and you’re golden. Tattoo or not, though, most men will find some aspect of their woman’s back very sexy.
All men love a fit woman. The stomach was listed by almost every male in every survey compiled here as one of the sexiest body parts. They’re attracted to the softness of the skin in the torso area and most men said they love some ab and muscle definition but not too much – they want to see a little feminine curve there. That’s always refreshing to hear.
A woman’s hair is often thought of as a defining feature, and there’s something for everyone. Some men love brunettes, while many ‘prefer blondes’. Some men love long, luscious hair tickling their skin and others are really attracted to a woman with a short, sophisticated bob that says “I’m fierce and independent”. Some guys have a thing for those fiery redheads. Either way or whatever you’re into, you’re going to be into your girl’s hair.
A girl with hips who flaunts them is just proving to men that she knows how to move, and there’s nothing a guy finds sexier than that. Surveys also showed that men prefer women with curvier hips – the more meat the better. If you got that little V that pops out when your shirt rises a bit, make sure to show it off.
A smile is a really powerful asset and not many men are able to resist a beautiful smile from a woman. Men surveyed have actually suggested that they’re most attracted to a woman’s smile because it shows that the man is making them happy – and after all, the male ego loves to be loved!
Fuller and plumper looking lips really make a man take a second glance. Don’t be mistaken though – most men don’t dig really bright or dark shades of lipstick that call the attention away from the rest of your face. Keep it simple, and let’s face it, guys will just use their imagination on this one.
Now we’re getting to the obvious parts. A revealing cleavage can definitely be all it takes for a man to buy a woman one too many drinks. Most women who have bigger chests tend to flaunt it, and men have no complaints there. If you’re not so gifted on top, don’t fret – you can definitely make up for it in other aspects of your body, like men’s second favourite body part ever…
Women can make up for a lack of chest with their butt. Sometimes these two are all just depending on the type of man in question – some are more inclined to chest and others are all for the butt. According to surveys, men can be happy with all sorts of shapes and sizes when it comes down to the bottom, so there’s someone for every booty out there.
This one’s a shocker. We would assume it’s safe to say chest or bust would definitely be tied for the number one female body part that men find attractive, but men love to surprise. According to Cosmopolitan, men ranked the top body part to be the eyes because no matter how different tastes can be – about hair, chest, butt, legs, feet – every man can be disarmed with a sexy glance.