Take it from PDA-loving couple Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana: The right touch can boost your intimacy with your man, even if you’re in public.
PDA has gotten a bad rap over the years, and we understand why. After all, few guys want to get caught gazing lovingly into your eyes across a coffee-shop table or watch manly athletic events while cuddling all cutesy in a sports bar. But there are some moves that guys really dig.
For example, new couple Bradley Cooper and Zoe Saldana were reportedly recently spotted stealing kisses and whispering to each other at a cocktail party. Onlookers say Bradley looked infatuated with his new girlfriend. We’re not surprised: She clearly knows which forms of PDA drive men wild—in this case, she reached for The Whisper. It’s a great way to convey how tight you and your guy are. The best way to work it: Lean in close, making sure your lips graze his ear, and whisper something. In case you need any more incentive, the ear is a neglected erogenous zone, so your warm breath can trigger full-body tingles.
Of course, this isn’t the only move that makes guys hot in public. These three also make them want to rip your clothes off.
The Arm Lock
That casual way you lace your arm through his as you walk side by side might seem subtle, but it’s one of those traditional, old-school gestures that makes dudes feel strong, protective, and desirable — even if they’re actually more skinny than studly. “I love knowing my girlfriend feels safe around me,” says Andrew, 23. “And when she grabs my arm, it’s like she is excited to be seen with me and wants other women to know I’m hers.”
The Stealth Caress
The key to this under-the-table stroke is knowing the difference between sexy and inappropriate. “I was at dinner with a girl and her friends and was kind of zoning out when she grazed my leg with her fingertips,” says Owen, 26. “I was at full attention after that, literally and figuratively.” So let a hand stray onto his thigh, and if it gravitates a little north of there, so be it. The whole “we’re not supposed to be doing this” vibe is a massive turn-on, and the contact heightens anticipation for what you have in store for later.
The Ass Grab
Take him by surprise by pinching his butt. This gesture is a silent way of saying that you’re, well, horny…and what’s not to like about that? Plus, it makes him feel great to know that you can look but then you have to touch. Brendan, 30, explains the ego stroke: “It makes me feel like my girl can’t keep her hands off me, and I’m totally okay with that.” Just remember not to squeeze while he’s holding a beer, a plate of wings, or anything else that might spill — dudes startle easily.