By Simi A Mira
Every girl knows that a good accessory can completely brighten up an otherwise drab outfit, but these seven items won’t just glam up your wardrobe, they’ll actually make you more psychologically attractive to others, instantly.
So, confidence isn’t an item, exactly, but every other item on this list will be lacklustre without it. Being comfortable in your skin and in your clothing is the sexiest accessory. Researchers at Webster University also found that confident people achieve the reciprocity effect: eye-contact, laughter, and positive body language exhibit friendliness and likeability, and will cause your date to reciprocate those feelings. Basically — we like people who like us.
Heels are miraculous. They are glamorous. And they can transform even the most casual of outfits, like jeans and a t-shirt, into a sexy and classy look. They can also be a teeny bit uncomfortable, but is it worth it for those long dramatic moments of poise and glamour? Yes. Yes, yes, yes. And — as if you needed more convincing — according to a study published in Archives of Sexual Behavior, High Heels Increase Women’s Attractiveness, um, high heels increase women’s attractiveness. They went straight to the point with that title, didn’t they? The study also found that in addition to making you more attractive, high heels actually led to men demonstrating more helpful behavior toward the wearer. If someone carries my groceries as I attempt to walk in four-inch heels, well, I’d say that’s a fair trade-off.
3. A Quality Timepiece
So for all my fellow fashionistas reading this, this accessory might seem like a total curveball. From the Kardashians to Rihanna to Gisele, these style icons are brandishing watches on the red carpet, on errands, and in steamy photoshoots. These ladies prove that a quality watch can instantly mature and complete an outfit. And, according to a study done by The Cadence Watch Company, a third of men said that watch-wearing woman seemed more powerful, punctual, and sophisticated, as well as more confident and refind. Sounds pretty sexy to me.
4. The Token Little Black Dress
Could this list be complete without the little black dress? You definitely know what I’m talking about: that body-hugging, confidence-inducing, mysterious, sultry, little black dress. If you’re looking for proof, Harper’s Bazaar compiled a number of third-party surveys to show that black is the most powerful and seductive color to wear on a first date — but I think this one really just explains itself.
A little application of your favourite shade can boost any outfit. It’s even backed by research: Boston University found in their 2011 study that well-applied, modest make-up can actually make you appear more attractive, trustworthy, and intelligent. A little coloring, especially red, has been used to exaggerate lips for centuries, together with a lip liner pencil it makes the ultimate lip combo. It’s like a biological cue or something. Whether it’s the “province of sophisticated beauties or the downfall of wanton souls,” as Teresa Riordan put it, lipstick seems to be a total winner when it comes to fast beauty pick-me-ups.
6. Curve-Hugging Bodycons
Clothes that show off your curves are another secret beauty tactic that make you more appealing instantaneously. Eye-Tracking of Men’s Preferences for Waist-to-Hip Ratio and Breast Size of Women, a study published by Springer Science and Business Media, showed that the gaze of most males lingered longer on females with curvalicious bodies. So ladies, take a cue from Marilyn and the Kardashian sisters and flaunt those curves. And if you’re lacking in the curve department, there are plenty of style options that can flatter and exaggerate. Make it work, girl.
7. And, Lastly, The Color Red
The color of passion, of romance. Andrew J. Elliot and Daniela Niesta from the University of Rochester attempted to demonstrate that the color red instantly enhanced a woman’s sexual attractiveness by conducting five separate experiments; ultimately, they came to the conclusion that red not only improved attractiveness, but did so innocuously — men were actually not even aware of the ‘red-effect’. So pair something red with heels, a timepiece, and a little confidence, and you’ve just become scientifically attractive — don’t you just love science?