The Five Most Flattering Things You Can Say to a Guy

Just because he doesn't always handle compliments well, it doesn't mean he doesn't want to hear them!
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A woman whispering into a man's earMr.Dress For Success
Supposedly the clothes make the man, but for Ed, a law student from Brooklyn, when a woman notices his fashion sense it makes it all worthwhile. “Once my girlfriend told me she liked my gray slacks,” he said, with obvious pride. “I try to put a lot of thought into my appearance, so that felt really good to hear.” Considering the amount of energy and attention women put into their outfits, any man would be thrilled to hear to have one tell him he’s doing a pretty good job himself.

The CEO in training
A lot of twenty- and thirty-somethings are still trying to “figure it out” or land that big break in the workplace. As far as most guys are concerned, nothing is better than a woman who understands the pain he’s going through and knows how to stand by her man, even if he’s feeling down and struggling to work his way to the top.

“I’m looking for a job,” says Joe, a recent college grad from Pennsylvania. “So it’s nice to hear my girlfriend tell me she’s proud of me and everything I’m doing to find one.” Dave, a writer from East Hampton, NY, digs girls who are into his chosen career and let him know it. “I like when a girl tells me she loves that my job is creative,” he says. “It makes me feel good when women appreciate that I’m a writer and they can see how much I really want to be successful.”

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But sometimes, it’s what a woman doesn’t say that makes all the difference. Peter, an aspiring director and photographer who lives in Los Angeles, is a firm believer in this form of flattery. “I don’t get a lot of compliments,” he said. “But as far as I’m concerned, the ultimate compliment is when a girl doesn’t make weird faces when I’m frugal and pull out coupons to pay for dinner. . . . It’s a tough time right now.”

To merge Peter’s thoughts on the rough economy with my first grade teacher’s life philosophy: a compliment doesn’t cost you anything, so you might as well give as many as you can. And if your compliment is over the top, don’t worry, chances are he’s not going to remember it for long anyway.

Tell us: What’s the last compliment you gave a guy?

Justin DeMarco is a New York City-based writer. He co-wrote Hockey: The Musical with Rick Wilson, which premiered at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2008.

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21 thoughts on “The Five Most Flattering Things You Can Say to a Guy

  1. uptowngirl says:

    I always compliment my guy, I hope he remembers what I say lol.

  2. sabina says:

    Even to say you love spending time with him is a sweet compliment.

  3. NYCdogmommy says:

    It’s fun complimenting guys, because they get flustered!

  4. citymouse says:

    So true that they don’t handle compliments well — but a good reminder that it’s still important to go there! Thanks, Justin!

  5. jessica03 says:

    I love guys with a great sense of humor!

  6. BarbMayer724 says:

    I tell my husband he’s handsome all the time, and I really mean it. He is 64 years old, but to me he is the most handsome man in the whole world.

  7. roxbury says:

    Like the song Goldfinger says. Baby, you’re the best is the no-fail compliment.

  8. Marisa5454 says:

    Compliments should be reciprocated–it’s important for both people in the relationship to feel valued and appreciated! Excellent and witty article. Keep them coming!

  9. dessie81 says:

    I tell my husband I really like and appreciate how practical he is :) He loves it.

  10. nola4ever says:

    I find that everyone loves compliments, no matter how odd or obscure. I once told a guy I liked his freckles and he smiled and said “wow! normally noone notices them. thank you!” Haha i had to say something… they were adorable!!

  11. nimrod90 says:

    i told him he looked like Billie Joe Armstrong. he loved that… we both love Green Day, thats what brought us together. oh and i told him he was great in bed. thats no lie. he does all this weird stuff to and its successful. I end with a bang ALL THE TIME!!

  12. balletchik says:

    Just recently my boyfriend and i were really going at it and when we finished he asked how was it and i was breathless and after a few minutes of heavy breathing i said “wow” and he laughed. I knew he liked that i complimented him by the smile on his face. I love to see him smile so i like to compliment him all the time.

  13. abtru says:

    i always tell my husband he is a good man. He doesn’t sleep around, works hard to provide for us, is a great father, and not to mention he doesn’t act like we are all making him miserable at the end of each work day even though we are probably driving him nuts. Most men don’t get enough credit for just being good guys and this is one of the things I love about him

  14. veda122 says:

    I saw a coworker of mine and I complimented on the bit of grays he had growing in his beard. Told him it made him look wise & sexxyyyy!!
    He blushed & I could see he loved it.

  15. denysejb says:

    We have a long distance relationship and i told him that i didn’t realize how much i needed his “phone hugs and kisses” until he gave me some. Then i said, “Do you know that you’re so yummy and kissable?” He said that i was kissable…

  16. Laura says:

    I told a nicely dressed older man in an elevator that he had a great tie. He initially looked surprised, but I could tell he was flattered. . . .

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  21. After speaking with a bunch of guys about the most flattering comments they’ve ever received from women there was a lot of hesitation, at first. It was almost as if they didn’t want to brag about themselves, or even worse, admit that a woman said something nice about them.

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