Attraction is a weird concept. It’s hard to predict what’s going to turn a woman on. These days, there are so many terms for different things women are attracted to: there’s pognophiles (women who love beards), frat-boy fan-girls (pretty self-explanatory), even lumbersexuals (women that dig the lumber-jack look). Women can’t be pigeon-holed into some mathematical formula of attraction: they all have their own unique tastes in men. Who knows what that cute girl across the bar is into?
We may have some ideas. From a conducted survey of 21-30 year old women and research from a few different studies, we’ve found a few weird things that can catch a woman’s eye. Of course, nothing beats spontaneously making eye contact with the hot lady across the bar but let’s plan ahead so that, when you go to talk to her, she doesn’t change her mind.
Here’s 15 weird things that turn women on.
15 Men Who Smell Nice
We’re not talking about cologne: please don’t douse yourself in a bottle of Axe body spray before heading out for the night. On the other hand, we’re also not talking about relying on your natural smell too much: nothing will make a lady run away faster than the stench of a guy that hasn’t showered in too long.
14 Nice Facial Hair
There was a study done showing how small changes in beard maintenance and grooming affected a man’s perceived attractiveness. Participants were shown a series of faces, each with varying levels of beards, and were asked to rate them on attractiveness. The results were interesting: heavy stubble and full beards were rated as more attractive when they were rare occurrences in the series. In other words, when a beard is a rarity, it’s an attractive feature. The same was true for clean shaven faces; when most faces were bearded, the clean shaven face was more attractive.
13 Healthy Teeth and Big Smiles
No one likes Austin Powers’ teeth, but that’s the extreme of bad teeth. Oral health is important! It’s an age-old telltale sign of personal health: if your teeth are rotting, it’s a strong indicator that you’re probably gross in a lot of other ways. It’s not that hard to have an attractive smile: a grown man should have a good regimen for oral hygiene and, if you don’t, you need to get on top of that. Now.
12 Wide, Bright Eyes
We’re not saying you have to change anything about your biology and, goodness knows, we don’t want you wearing eye makeup (you think you’re being discreet with the eyeliner. You’re not). However you’re born is perfectly fine, all eyes can be sexy. But there are a few tips that can make your eyes pop when you’re speaking with a lady.
First off, maybe don’t smoke weed right before you go to the bar. You know your eyes are going to get bloodshot and droopy, and you know it won’t be attractive. So if you’re trying to pick up women, put down the joint.
11 Stylish Bags
A lot of guys have bags: some 50% of men carry bags on a regular basis. However, only 11% use them as fashion statements. Consider how many women carry purses: almost all of them, and most of them are attentive to the style and how it complements their outfits. Yet only 11% of male bag carriers consider how their accessory matches their attire? Come on guys, let’s put in a little effort.
10 Men Who Talk About Their Passions
9 Strong, Healthy Hands
Let’s be real, your hands are just as important in the bedroom as anything else and it’s something women look at early on. As soon as you flag the bartender for a drink, she’s making an assessment of what kind of man you are based on your hands. Women want men that are tough but tender, rugged but sensuous, adventurous but sensible, and they can tell all that from the look and feel of your hands.
8 Well Groomed Eyebrows
Men are weirdly embarrassed about grooming their eyebrows. You trim your beard, you trim your hair, why not trim your eyebrows? You need to. Big, bushy eyebrows or eyebrows that have a tendency to grow all the way across your face are less than attractive. Women get their eyebrows done all the time, just as they get their hair cut; it’s not an issue of vanity, it’s keeping yourself looking trim and clean.
7 Healthy Hair
All kinds of women like all different kinds of hair: there is no winning style that will attract women. However, clean hair is always sexy. Most times you hear women complain about hair, it has nothing to do with the color or cut, but rather the health. Complaints of “stringy, long hair” are concerning hair with a lot of dead and split ends that isn’t washed enough. Gripes about hair being “prickly” or “not soft enough” often are referring to hair that isn’t conditioned on a regular basis. Men like women that have shiny, luscious, soft hair; women like men with that, too.
6 Eye Contact
We live in a culture that is somehow against eye contact. If you’re quietly staring at each other too long, you look down at your phone. If you get nervous when talking to her, you look away. Stop looking away. Eyes are the windows to the soul: if you actually take the time to look into her eyes for longer than a few seconds, you might both feel something deeper than sexual attraction.
Eye contact with a woman shows that you’re not afraid to be vulnerable with her; trusting someone enough to be vulnerable with them is one of the sexiest things a person can do in a relationship. Imagine if you were brave enough to do that when you’re first meeting a person.
5 Being Awkward
When we’re at the bar looking for someone to get to know, we play by an unspoken set of social rules: we can’t show our crazy, we don’t want to come on too strong, we want the other person to know that sex in the near future is an interest. So we pretend we know what we’re doing, we pretend the bad pick-up lines are acceptable, and we pretend that we’re always this cool.
4 Guys Who Read
Seriously, take your book with you on the bus or on the subway, read for a while, then look up: there will be a woman checking you out. Same for at the bar! If it’s a slow night, or you’re waiting for your friends to get there, bring your book and do some reading while you sip your drink. When you look up, a woman will be looking at you, wondering what you’re reading and how intellectual your conversations could be.
3 Artistic Men
2 The Color Red
Here’s a tip any guy can take to the bank. Women associate the color red with power. In a study conducted by the University of Rochester, women associated the color red with higher status, both social and economic. Perhaps it’s even an effect of evolutionary psychology: you can trace the colors roots in power back to ancient times, when ancient Romans, emperors, and even tribal leaders were the only figures permitted to wear red garments. Even today, red is a color associated with confidence and high status: it’s why the carpet the celebrities walk on is red.
1 Rolled Up Sleeves
It sounds silly, but it’s true. Rolled up sleeves denote something: they show you’re a man that has work to do, and you’re not afraid to do it; you get the job done, but you have a good time while doing it; you’re not afraid to get your hands dirty. There’s something very sexy about a man with rolled up sleeves!
It’s important to note the difference between rolled up sleeves and crumpled cuffs. It’s not so sexy to see a guy with a big sweatshirt on that has shoved the sleeves up past his elbows because he’s hot and his undershirt has pit-stains. Instead, wear a nice, clean cut shirt; maybe even a shirt you had to iron! Then roll up the sleeves in a nice, careful way (there’s even tutorials for the best ways to roll up your sleeves online). A nicely rolled sleeve shows off your biceps, reveals strong forearms, and expresses a relaxing informality about the evening.
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