It isn't too difficult to tell when a man is flirting. He gives you lots of eye contact, leans toward you and seems interested in everything you have to say. The same is true for the types of compliments a man offers when flirting -- they usually follow an established pattern that is fairly easy to crack. If that cute guy across the room sidles over and says how much he likes your outfit, it is an obvious sign of flirting. Men generally don't get too creative when it comes to this social task.
Most flirtatious compliments offered by men center around a woman's looks, says dating specialist Nick Notas. He might say how much he loves the aquamarine color of your eyes, that you have a beautiful smile or that you are very pretty. Flirtation can also come in the form of compliments about your clothing -- particularly if a man talks about how something looks good on you. If a new acquaintance says, "You look amazing in that red dress" or "Those biker boots look great on you," chances are good that he is flirting. Unlike another woman, who might compliment your choice of Vera Wang dress, a man will comment on how the dress fits you and enhances your attractiveness. Compliments about your appearance are almost always an indication of attraction and interest on the part of a man.
Has a man ever told you that you smelled great? Men don't always notice when you get your hair cut, but they do tend to notice if it smells good -- or if you are wearing a great perfume. Compliments about scent are another tip-off that a man may be flirting -- especially if he gets close to get another whiff. A compliment about your wonderful-smelling locks or heady choice of fragrance mean that he may be smitten.
Some men will stretch their imaginations to offer compliments that are not looks-based when flirting. However, because the man who is flirting may not know you well, these types of compliments are usually limited to what he can see. For example, he might comment on your Latin dance moves or ability to tell a great joke. Flirtatious compliments are by nature light-hearted, because you are getting to know each other.
A man who is flirting may also compliment aspects of your femininity and caring nature, according to Lovepanky.com. He might say things like "Your kindness to strangers amazes me" or "You are so caring and thoughtful with your friends." Doing so acknowledges your feminine charm and beauty in an understated manner. If you blush with his compliments, he might even comment on your humble personality.
Arlin Cuncic has been writing about mental health since 2007, specializing in social anxiety disorder and depression topics. She served as the managing editor of the "Journal of Attention Disorders" and has worked in a variety of research settings. Cuncic holds an M.A. in clinical psychology.