If a girl recently looked you up and down then you’re probably wondering why and what it might mean about the way that she feels about you.

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

So, what does it mean when a girl looks you up and down? It would likely be a sign of attraction especially if she also played with her hair, smiled and if she held eye contact or looked down after. She might also have done it to be submissive, to observe whether or not you’re a threat or she found your appearance to be interesting.

Since there are a number of reasons why a girl might look you up and 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 you up and down

Each of the different reasons why she might have looked you up and down will likely come with a number of clues in the way that she did it and the body language that she showed.

In the following sections, I’ll show you a number of reasons why she might have looked you up and down, the signs to look for with them and the things to consider.

She is attracted to you

The reason that she looked you up and down could be that she was attracted to you.

This would be more likely if she only did it to you, she played with her hair when looking at you, she smiled when looking at you and if she also held eye contact with you after.

If she was attracted to you then it would be likely that she would show other signs of attraction when she is around you.

These signs would include:

  • Holding prolonged eye contact with you
  • Having dilated pupils when looking at you
  • Pointing her feet at you
  • Touching you more than she touches other people
  • Asking you more questions that she does to other people
  • Mirroring your own body language
  • Standing closer to you than she does with other people
  • Adjusting the way that she looks when she sees you
  • Stroking her hair while talking to you
  • Tilting her head while talking to you
  • Brushing her hair to the side when talking to you
  • Laughing and looking to see if you are also laughing
  • Laughing a lot at what you have to say
  • Glancing at you a lot then smiling or quickly looking away when you notice

She is being submissive

It could be the case that she looked you up and down because she was being submissive.

This would be more likely if she mostly looked down and if she showed other signs of being submissive in her body language.

The reason that she was being submissive could be that she felt intimidated by you or your friends, she was feeling threatened in some way or if you were in a higher position that her socially.

It could also be the case that she was actually being submissive due to being attracted to you. If she was then it would be likely that she would have shown other signs of attraction around you.

If she was being submissive then it would be likely that she would have shown other submissive behaviors which could include:

  • Self-hugging
  • Smiling at the mouth
  • Rubbing the arms, face, neck or legs
  • Avoiding large movements
  • Making the body appear smaller
  • Talking at a higher pitch
  • Avoiding eye contact

She is observing to see if you’re a threat

People will often initially look another person up and down to observe to see whether or not they are a threat.

This could be the reason that she looked you up and down. It would be more likely if she focused on your hands, did it when she first saw you, she did it quickly and if she only did it once.

It would also be likely that she would have shown neutral body language towards you and that she wouldn’t have shown signs of attraction in her body language.

She is nervous to talk to you

It might be the case that she looked you up and down due to being attracted to you but she was nervous to talk to you.

If that was the case then it would be likely that she would have shown signs of being attracted to you.

It would also be likely that she would have shown signs of being nervous around you such as:

  • Blinking more frequently
  • Rubbing her face, neck, arms or legs
  • Fidgeting
  • Tapping her fingers and feet
  • Struggling to hold eye contact
  • Talking with an upwards inflection where she goes higher pitched at the ends of sentences

She finds you interesting

The reason that she looked you up and down could be that she was interested in the way that you looked.

The reason that she found you interesting could be that she was looking at the clothes that you were wearing or it might have been that you just had an interesting look about you.

If this was the case then it would be likely that she would have had neutral body language when around you.

Consider the way that she reacts to seeing you

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

If she reacts to seeing you by noticeably changing her behavior and body language then it would be likely that she has good or bad feelings about you depending on the way that she changes it.

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

  • Smiling
  • Raising her eyebrows
  • Sitting or standing more upright
  • Having more dilated pupils
  • Brushing her hair to the side
  • Pointing her feet at you
  • Adjusting her appearance
  • Holding eye contact with you

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

Think about how she interacts with other people

When trying to understand why she looked you up and down it would be helpful to compare the way that she interacts with you with how she interacts with other people.

If she also tends to look other people up and down and she shows the same body language around other people as she does around you then it would be more likely that she does it naturally.

Whereas, if she specifically looks you up and down and her body language around you is different then it would be more likely that she did it due to being attracted to you assuming that she changes it in a way that shows attraction.

Think about the way that she looked you up and down

It would also be helpful to consider how she looked you up and down.

If she smiled, played with her hair, held eye contact with you or looked at you multiple times then it would be more likely that she was showing attraction to you.

If she didn’t do those things then it could still be the case that she was attracted to you. However, she might also have been initially observing you, being submissive or she might just have been admiring your look. It would help to consider the other signs that she shows you when she is around you if you can.

Look for multiple body language signs

When considering why she looked you up and down it would be helpful to consider multiple aspects of her body language at a time.

The reason for that is that she could have been showing a single body language sign for multiple different reasons. This can make it difficult to assess single body language signs.

Whereas, if she showed multiple body language signs of the same thing then it would be more likely that she was showing them for that reason.

Related

What does it mean when a girl looks at me from head to toe? It could mean that she is attracted to you especially if she also smiles, plays with her hair, does it multiple times and if she holds eye contact with you. It could also be that she was being submissive, observing your appearance or initially observing whether or not you were threatening.

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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