What does it mean when a guy is teasing you and then says he actually thinks you look cute?

I was hanging out with a guy and he was teasing me about my hoodie. He said with the good up I looked like a badass. Then he said I looked like a little ghost. I told him he only wanted me to wear it so he could pick on me. He said that wasn't true. Then he got really quiet and said "I actually think you look cute." I changed the subject quick because I didn't know how to respond. Is it a positive thing? These things always seem to happen between us. He stares at me often, he's held my hand before when we were at a party, and he's always teasing me and even calls me sweet cheeks. I told him I worry that I'm just an ego boost and he said he's not sure why I think that but to give him a little time because his job is stressful right now. I'm just confused.

What does it mean when a guy is teasing you and then says he actually thinks you look cute?
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