Cute vs Pretty: Do guys have a preference?

Cute is used to describe puppies, kittens, toddlers, sweet gestures, stuffed animals and animation.

Pretty is used to describe clothes, diamonds, picturesque views, artwork and facial features.


Both are terms used by men and women to describe women. We’ve been asked the question over and over: Which do men prefer?

Before we answer this loaded question, we’d like to qualify by saying that men like confident women, just as women like confident men. We like women who are comfortable in their own skin, women who don’t try to be something they’re not.

Men have been comparing cute and pretty for as long as we can remember. In the hit 60s TV show, Gilligan’s Island, Maryanne and Ginger seem to fit these two categories perfectly. Maryanne is the quintessential cutie pie, bouncy, smiley, accessible, petite, the girl next door. Ginger, in contrast, is what most men described as the pretty one. Tall, curvy, seductive, and mysterious. Debate continues over which is the “hotter” of the two.

When we boil it down, ‘Cute vs Pretty’ is all about personal preference. Men might lean one way or the other, just as they might have a penchant for certain physical features, but when it comes down to it, not many men would turn down the chance at either.

Attraction is difficult to define, and although the physical features of a woman is what catches our attention, it’s not what holds our attention for the long-term. That would be some of those other important qualities like intelligence, humor, kindness. And ultimately we want someone we can trust who loves us as much as we love them.



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