Updated: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 02:15:00 GMT | By Hugh Wilson
A woman's perfect man: How many of the 30 points do you tick?

How close are you to being the perfect man?



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You may think quite highly of yourself, but are you the perfect man? We mean, really, really perfect?

We only ask because, according to research by UK clothing company Austin Reed, there's now a way to tell. The company surveyed 2,000 British women and came up with a 30-point tick list of ideal male traits.

Let's be clear. You'd have to be a bit strange or very lucky to tick them all (or even most of them), but at least some of them are grounded in the science of relationships.

So here's why women like a six-foot-tall man who rings his mum and drives an Audi. And then test yourself against the other 27 requirements by clicking through our gallery.

Women like tall men, and other obvious traits

According to the research, women like a six-foot-tall man who is toned and athletic.

So far, so obvious, but why might that be? Well, for a start, researchers at the Open University studied the lives of 10,000 people born in the same week in 1958, and found that the taller the men were, the less likely they were to be unmarried or childless 42 years later in 2000.

Height, like excess muscle, is an indicator of health, and a healthy man is likely to father healthy children. Of course, that's far less true now than it was 100,000 years ago, but that is when these preferences may have been hardwired into female brains.

Quite simply, the study confirms what we already knew. Women are attracted to indicators of health, and whether you're tall, short, skinny or buff, exercising and eating right will get you halfway there.

Women like men who earn £48,000 (around €56,000) a year who drive an Audi

Again, a female preference for money and what it can buy sounds obvious, but these findings might not be as black and white as they first appear.

Clearly, on the whole the women who responded to this survey like money and status (as shown by the Audi). That's hardly ground-breaking. But what these findings also suggest is that there's a limit to their expectations. They don't want TOO much money or TOO much status.

Maybe they're being realistic, because there just aren't that many Premier League footballers to go round. But this was a study of ideal traits, and many women still had rather modest ambitions.

Certainly a nice car is a winner with women. In one famous study, women of a similar age and background were shown a picture of a man in a Bentley, and a picture of the same man in a Ford Fiesta. They judged the man in the Bentley significantly more physically attractive, despite him being, well, the same man.

So why are many women in the new study downgrading from a Bentley to an Audi and from a millionaire to a well-paid 56,000? It could simply be that an extremely wealthy man invites too much competition. All that money and status might be great while you're first choice, but there's every chance you won't be first choice for long. After all, he can have his pick.

For many women the ideal man may have a bit less money, and far fewer potential mates. The new study confirms earlier research that suggests many women would be content with a man who earns more than them, however much that might be. In a study published last year, 64% of women said they only aspire to find a husband who brings home a larger pay packet than they do.

Women don't want metrosexual men

It would seem that the days of the metrosexual man, with his face creams and wine tasting nights, might be numbered.

According to the new study, the ideal man is a lager or beer drinker, a meat-eater, gets ready in just 17 minutes, and likes watching football. He also needs to have decent DIY skills.

He shouldn't be too macho though. He should like shopping and be clean-shaven with a smooth chest. Other research has found that women most prefer a layer of short facial stubble, because it emphasises a chiselled masculine jaw line. But both studies agree that full beards are not - for most women - a turn-on.

This all may be a fashion thing, of course. Bearded men who hate shopping might be next year's cup of tea.

Finally, the survey seems to suggest that the ideal man might be a bit laddish, with his beer and football, but this needs to be tempered with a sensitive side.

He should be thoughtful and caring when his wife or girlfriend is upset, and be prepared to tell her he loves her (though only when he means it). He also needs to ring his mother regularly and want a family of his own. He might even cry during films.

In other words, women are looking for a keeper. Contact with his mum shows his commitment to family life, and a sensitive side means he'll be there to help out when things get tough with his own family. Being prepared to utter the L word shows his commitment to his partner.

Put it all together and it seems women have some pretty high expectations. But they are also conforming to their somewhat contradictory evolutionary biology.

Classic evolutionary psychology suggests that women want chiselled, toned men for sex. They want those high quality genes to pass on to their own offspring and studies show that when women are ovulating they fancy manly men most of all.

But at other times of the month, they look for less macho, more nurturing men, who might not be as physically impressive but are likely to be around to help bring up the children. Those men might not be the most high status individuals, but they'll have steady jobs with decent enough incomes and won't be flooded with offers from 21-year-old blondes.

So yes, put those two sides together and you have the Austin Reed study's definition of a perfect man. It's not one any of us can hope to live up to in full, of course. Click through for the 30 traits of the perfect man they listed - do you make the grade?

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