A new scientific research indicates that women who bare 40 percent of their flesh tend to attract the most men.
Finding the right balance between revealing too much and being too conservative in how much skin is shown has been a dilemma for many women when trying to find the right outfit.
However, a study conducted at the University of Leeds has come to the rescue by calculating the exact proportion of the body that should be exposed for optimum allure.
While the methodology does not seem very scientific, research used hidden tape recorders in handbags and took note of what female club goers were wearing and how many times they were approached by men asking them to dance.
For the purposes of the study, each arm accounted for 10 per cent of the body, each leg for 15 per cent and the torso for 50 per cent.
Women who revealed around 40 per cent of their skin attracted twice as many men as those who covered up.
However, those who exposed any more than this also fared worse. Experts believe that showing too much flesh puts men off because it suggests they might be unfaithful.
According to Psychologist Dr Colin Hendrie, who led the study, “Any more than 40 per cent and the signal changes from ‘allure’ to one indicating general availability and future infidelity.
“Show some leg, show some arm, but not any more than that.”
The study, published in the journal Behaviour, found that the most popular women combined the 40 per cent rule with tight clothing and provocative dancing. The 15 per cent that combined all three criteria were approached by 40 men each.