I know for me, usually if I point out one thing that looks nice on someone, its because I think they look nice overall, but saying that would sound kind of odd and even inappropriate in some settings.
Conversely, I feel like whenever I get dressed up all spiffy, people will be more likely to complement my shirt, or my hair style, or my jacket rather than just saying "you look nice" as a general statement.
Am I the only one who has come to accept that we often complement a specific element of someone's getup as a sort of code for telling them they look good overall?
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I will not compliment something I don't like.. If I compliment a garment or anything at all, it's cause I like it! Even if you look like shit, if you are wearing a shirt with colors I like or the style I like, I will say "I like your shirt!" but like you said... usually people tend to notice those who are "over all" more presentable, rather than someone who looks less presentable. I however, look at details, irrelevant to the overall look.2