If a girl recently looked down when you saw her then you might be wondering why and what it means about the way that she feels about you.

This post will help you understand she might have looked down and why other girls might do it in the future.

So, what does it mean when a girl looks down? It can often be a sign of attraction which would be more likely if she also smiles, plays with her hair and looks back at you. It could also be that she is being submissive, is shy or that she wants to avoid talking.

Since there are a number of reasons why she might have looked down it is important to consider the context of how she did it and the body language that she showed.

Why a girl will look down

Each of the different reasons why a girl might look down will likely come with a number of clues in the way that she does it and the body language that she shows.

In the following sections, I’ll show you a number of reasons why a girl will look down, the signs to expect to see with them and the things to consider.

She is attracted to you

The reason that she looked down could be that she was showing attraction to you.

This would be more likely if she doesn’t tend to look down with other people, she smiled when doing it, she played with her hair and if she looked back up at you after looking down.

Girls will often show submissive gestures when they are with a man that they are attracted to and looking down is one of the. Other submissive gestures that could suggest attraction would include showing the palms, brushing the hair to the side so that you can see her neck and tilting her head while talking to you.

If she did look down because she was showing attraction to you then it would be likely that she would also show other signs of attraction around you.

These signs could include:

  • Mirroring your own body language
  • Holding prolonged eye contact when she’s with you
  • Having dilated pupils when she sees you
  • Touching you a lot and more than she touches her other friends
  • Pointing her feet at you
  • Touching your feet with her feet
  • Stroking her hair while talking to you
  • Standing closer to you when talking to you than she does with other people
  • Asking you more questions than she does with other people
  • Glancing at you then quickly looking away when you notice
  • Laughing and looking to see if you are laughing
  • Laughing a lot at the things you say
  • Adjusting her appearance when she sees you
  • Sitting or standing more upright when she sees you
  • Asking your friends about you

She is shy

The reason that she looked down at you could be that she was shy.

If that was the case then it would be likely that she would also tend to look down when she is with other people and that she would show the same body language with them that she does around you.

Unless she was also attracted to you, it would be less likely that she would have shown many of the signs of attraction mentioned above. It would also be less likely that she would have smiled or looked back at you.

She is being submissive

Looking down is often a submissive gesture and she might have looked down because she was being submissive.

If that was the case then it could be that she did it due to being attracted to you which would be more likely if she also showed other signs of attraction.

However, she might also have done it because she felt threatened. She might have felt threatened because she was intimidated by you, because you were in a higher position than her in some way, because she was alone or because of the people that you were with.

If she was being submissive then it would be likely that she would show other signs of being submissive such as:

  • Making the body appear to be smaller
  • Smiling at the mouth
  • Distancing herself from you
  • Self-hugging
  • Slouching
  • Avoiding large movements
  • Covering vital areas such as the neck or palms

She doesn’t want to talk

The reason that she looked down could be that she didn’t want to be spoken to.

There are many possible reasons that she might not have wanted to be spoken to such as being in a bad mood, being sad or being annoyed with you specifically.

If she didn’t want to be spoken to then it would be likely that she would have shown signs of it in her body language in other ways as well.

They could include:

  • Distancing herself from you by walking away faster, walking further away from you or positioning herself to be further away
  • Having tight lips
  • Tensing her jaw or squinting at you if she was annoyed with you
  • Avoiding eye contact with you and other people
  • Talking less than normal
  • Giving short answers

Consider the way she did it

When trying to understand why she looked down it would be helpful to consider the way that she looked down.

If she smiled, played with her hair, brushed her hair to the side, looked back at you and she was showing other signs of attraction then it would be much more likely that she did it because of being attracted to you.

Whereas, if she didn’t show those signs and she showed distancing behaviors then it would be more likely that she was either being shy, submissive or that she didn’t want to talk for some reason.

Consider how she interacts with other people

When trying to understand why she looked down it would be helpful to consider the way that she interacts with other people.

If she also looks down when she sees other people and she shows the same body language around them as she does with you then it would be much more likely that she has a shy personality.

Whereas, if she only seems to look down when she sees you and she changes her body language as well then it would be more likely that she was showing attraction to you assuming that she changes it in a way that shows attraction.

Think about multiple aspects of her body language

When trying to understand how she might feel about you it would be helpful to consider multiple aspects of her body language.

She could be showing a single body language sign for a number of different reasons. This can make it difficult to accurately make sense of a single body language sign.

Whereas, if she shows multiple signs of the same thing in her body language then it would be more likely that she is showing them for that specific reason.

Think about how she reacts to seeing you

When trying to understand the way that she feels about you and why she looked down it would be helpful to consider the way that she reacts to seeing you.

If she noticeably changes her body language when she sees you then it would more be likely that she has good or bad feelings about you depending on how she changes it.

If she reacts to seeing you by doing things such as:

  • Brushing her hair to the side
  • Adjusting her appearance
  • Pointing her feet at you
  • Smiling and/or raising her eyebrows
  • Looking down and smiling or playing with her hair
  • Having more dilated pupils
  • Holding prolonged eye contact with you

Then it would be more likely that she is attracted to you and that she looked down for that reason.

Whereas, if she reacts to seeing you by doing things such as:

  • Squinting at you
  • Tensing her jaw
  • Tightening her lips
  • Crossing her arms
  • Pointing her feet away from you
  • Distancing herself from you

Then it would be more likely that she has negative feelings towards you and that she looked down because she was actually trying to avoid you.

Related

What does it mean when a girl looks down and smiles? It would likely be a sign that she is attracted to you especially if she also played with her hair and looked back. It is also a sign of submissiveness and she might have been being submissive for a different reason depending on the situation.

What does it mean when a girl looks down when she passes you? It could mean that she is attracted to you especially if she also smiles, plays with her hair and looks back at you. It could also be the case that she was being submissive, shy or that she was trying to avoid being spoken to.

Why does she look down when she sees me? It could be a sign that she is attracted to you especially if she shows other signs of attraction when she is around you. If she does it with other people as well then it would be more likely that she has a shy personality.

What does it mean when a girl smiles at you then looks down? It would likely be a sign of attraction especially if she also played with her hair and looked back at you. She might also have done it because she was being submissive for a different reason depending on the situation.

If you want to learn more about body language, a book I would recommend would be The Definitive Book of Body Language (on Amazon). It shows you how to interpret body language and understand people's true intentions.

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