Romantic comedies make meeting people and falling in love seem so easy, but in real life, that’s hardly the case. How often do we get tall, dark and handsome strangers offering to buy us coffee during a chance encounter at Starbucks?
Nevertheless, in our valiant attempt to bring you one step closer to being a Drew Barrymore, LunchClick has curated an exhaustive guide consisting of 47 research-backed, power-packed tips that will help you make yourself irresistible. Here is the first instalment with 5 handy tips on what to wear to make yourself irresistible.
1. WEAR THE RIGHT PERFUME
The sense of smell is a powerful one – but make sure you wear fragrances that will titillate him, not turn him off. Studies have shown that men react the most positively to spicy scents (eg Black Orchid by Tom Ford) and fresh orange scents (eg Eau d’Orange Verte by Hermes). Steer clear from perfumes that smell of food (vanilla being the only exception) or flowers!
2. TAKE CARE OF YOUR HAIR
According to the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, younger women tend to have longer, healthier, and better managed hair as compared to older women. As a result, hair length and quality is often a marker of a woman’s youth and health, and men consciously or unconsciously find themselves being attracted to women with longer, healthier locks. Keep those tresses conditioned and glossy!
3. WEAR RED, AND RED LIPSTICK
An often-cited study in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology found that men are more drawn to ladies in red. If you’re not comfortable wearing such a bold colour, red lipstick works too – according to a study by Manchester University, men spend an inordinate amount of time staring at women’s lips when they’re wearing red lipstick – that’s an average of 7.3 seconds.
4. FAKE A 7:10 WAIST-TO-HIPS RATIO AS BEST YOU CAN
It’s pretty difficult to manipulate the size of your waist or hips within a short period of time, but you can always make use of optical illusions to fake it as best you can. According to the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, you’re aiming for a 7:10 ratio – regardless of how heavy women are (within reason, of course!), as long as they adhere to this “golden ratio”, they’re considered proportionate and attractive. Not sure how exactly to fake it, and need some guidance? Lunch Actually’s Image Consulting team can help you!
5. SHOW OFF YOUR ARMS
If you think that guys are more attracted to women’s legs than their arms, think again! A study from the University of New South Wales found that men actually place higher priority on women having nice arms instead. Take some time to make sure yours are well-toned, and then emulate Michelle Obama and show them off in a nice sleeveless dress.