17 Of The Best Compliments Women Ever Got

Blushing yet?

Giving compliments isn't just a nice way to get someone's attention, it's also an easy way to make someone feel good and even make yourself feel good.

That being said, a lot of people probably receive compliments that sound the same over and over — especially if they have a particularly endearing quality.


For the women of one Reddit thread, though, weeding out the best compliments they've ever gotten was easy. We picked our favorites and put them together below, along with a few submissions from the A+ staff. They offer some serious insight on how to compliment a girl without relying on cliches.

1. Don't be redundant.

Honest and unique compliments. As a girl, you get a lot of generic ones, such as, "You have really pretty eyes" etc. It's nice to hear, but if you go to enough bars, you hear it a lot.

The first night I met my ex, we were casually talking outside a bar and he interrupted me to say, "You have a freckle on your neck. Did you know that? It's rather cute." I blushed right away. It was so unexpected and unique, yet showed he had been discreetly checking me out. I found it incredibly endearing. - PoopsieDoodles


"You are absolutely, astoundingly gorgeous and that's the least interesting thing about you." - butnoreallyy


I don't think there is anything nicer than being called "gorgeous." It just warms my heart, and it's so much more kind than "you're hot," or even "pretty" for that matter. - antiquedsketch

4. Strangers CAN get away with being friendly.

I had a random guy in Memphis once stop me in the street to tell me I was the most gorgeous woman he'd ever seen. I blushed and mumbled 'thanks' and stammered like a dipshit, and he just smiled at me and kept on walking.

I was a little dressed up, but nothing spectacular, and sure hadn't been fishing for compliments. But that really made my day, the more so because he didn't follow it up by asking for my number or anything. Just that. Awesome. Thanks, random dude. - drtfred


"Your hair is so free, never change it. Your hair just adds to your gorgeousness"


From a stranger, best compliment was about how she enjoys seeing me when I'm at work: "You are always so happy and kind to people, it's like a big breath of fresh air when I walk into the building and see you here!" - _Ab_Aeterno


Last week I was with my boyfriend, his family and our friends in his living room. I made a comment about how I couldn't wait to get my makeup bag back after leaving it at a friends house for a week. He says, "You haven't worn make up all week? Damn, you are gorgeous!" I turned the brightest of red. I feel like the best compliments are simple but just said at the right times. - sSamoo

8. Maturity is a good thing.

Had a professor yesterday ask me how old I was. I replied 21. He looked surprised and said, "You carry yourself with much more maturity than that."

This was a prof I was uber-intimidated by, who is rumored to be an elitist misogynistic asshole. I was dreading going to his office hours. It didn't exactly make me blush but I felt great for the rest of the day - westerrrr


From my fiance: On our one-year anniversary, he was opening a bottle of wine he'd been saving for over 5 years for a 'special occasion.' He looked at me and said, "I don't know why I've been saving it- I've had a reason to celebrate for 365 days now." - _Ab_Aeterno

10. Communication still wins out.

"I love talking with you" would make me lose my mind. Best thing I can think of. I'd be walking on air for daaays.

If I am dressed formally, 'stunning' would be amazing.

If I am dressed casually, "you look really nice today" would be enough.

People tell me often enough that I'm smart and have pretty hair, but I didn't work for those. To me, those things are everyday. Try to compliment your lady on something that she obviously put effort into. Ex: her outfit, an intricate hairstyle, a piece of artwork.

Also, a wink from someone I'm already interested in puts a violently happy pep in my step. Disclaimer: only do this if you know how to wink. - GizmoMachine


"You look just like your mom."

My mom passed away when I was 9, so it's the biggest compliment someone could give me.


To this day the best compliment I've ever been given was: "Damn, that confidence looks sexy on you." Totally made my day, and I still think about it and it makes me smile - in_all_honesty

13. Look up!

If someone compliments me on my eyes, and they mean it. I have really big boobs, so it's nice that they even bothered to look above my neck. - crash_marie


I had just beat his ass at Mortal Kombat and he turns to me and said, "I adore you."

I definitely blushed. - spaceshipinmypants

15. A traditional compliment.

I've found "I love seeing your smile, it brightens my day every time" always gets a huge smile from women. . . but I've been married now for 12 years, so that may be quite dated! - Edwardian


My boyfriend and I were in bed one night just talking and laughing. He said something, I forget what, but it was so funny I laughed in that loud, uncontrollable, throw-your-head-back kind of way. I was still laughing, and as I turned back to him, and he says:

"I wish I could make you laugh like that more often. You're beautiful all the time, but when you smile like that, I swear my world stops."

Laughter to tears in 2.6 seconds. -darling-nikki-

17. Some advice:

Don't tell me I'm smart. I am smart, and most days I know it. On the other days, you're poking at my already-inflamed insecurities. Plus, I'm really not sure whether you're in a position to judge.

Don't tell me I'm beautiful. I mean, I'll probably like it. I'll probably like any compliment. But whether I'm beautiful or not, my beauty is not the core of my identity. It'd be like telling someone they're "punctual". Sure, it's positive, but... is that really the best trait you could think of?

If you really want a blush, compliment what I do and what I make. Tell me that it was kind and thoughtful to bring that little gift to a friend. Thank me for the thousand little things I do to keep our home a good place to live. Look at my art, read my stories, listen as I describe my code design. Tell me the portrait captures their personality. Tell me the story builds a fascinating world, that it's beautifully written, that it taught you something (and be prepared for a long discussion). Tell me that the way I built my code was clever, especially if you can say most people don't catch on to those tricks.

This example won't work on everyone. More generally, figure out what she values about herself. Figure out what she thinks is important. Compliment that. - Asterai

And finally, here are some responses from A+ staff:

Ashton Kutcher (Chairman of the Board): "My dad told me he was proud of me."

Evan Beard (CEO): "I was nervous for a presentation in second grade and my mom told me that 'if anyone can do it you can do it.' That kind of stuck with me for the rest of my life."

Isaac Saul (Editor): "A friend once told me that I 'didn't have a comfort zone,' and I always took this to mean that it was easier for me to fit in than most. I'm not totally sure what he meant but I always took it in a really positive way."

Mandy Velez (Editor):  "When I was in middle school a friend told me that they were excited about my life. I'm not sure if that's a compliment or a statement and I have no idea what prompted it but it made me excited for my life, too. Best/most motivating thing anyone has ever said to me."

Cate Matthews (Freelance writer): "I recently had dinner with old friend from high school, and she just kind of listened while I caught up her girlfriend. Towards the end of dinner, she looked at me and she said, 'I think you're the best version of yourself you could be.'" 

Sarah Barness (Freelance writer): "Multiple people have told me that I "exist on a different wavelength..." That's a compliment, right?

Jacob Osterhout(Freelance writer): "Your eyebrows look like glow-in-the-dark caterpillars. - a third grader."

Cover image via Shutterstock / studioloco.

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