A quarter of men polled have a genuine crush on their partner's mum while 31 per cent reckoned their MIL secretly fancies them
A survey states half of men are attrascted to their mother in laws
Secret crush? More than half of married men find their mother-in-law attractive
More than half of married men find their mother-in-law attractive - and a quarter have a genuine crush on her, according to a study.
A poll of 1,500 men found that a cheeky one in six felt their partner’s mother looks better than their other half.
The research saw the old tradition of men disliking the mother-in-law fall by the wayside as eight in 10 admitted they had a great relationship with their partner’s mother.
And two thirds of men in relationships said they’d be really happy if their partner aged as well as her mum.
Meanwhile, a cocky 31 per cent of the men polled reckon their partner’s mum is secretly attracted to them.
The poll was carried out by fashion retailer Peter Hahn, which specialises in fashion for the mature woman.
A spokesman said: “The results unearthed a strong appreciation for the nation’s mothers and clearly many mother-in-laws have much of which to be proud.
“It’s easy to pigeonhole older women and sometimes hard for them to feel sexy or appreciated but this study reveals how admired so many mother-in-laws actually are, both for their appearances, style and personality overall.
“The results show many cheeky chaps have quite the high opinion of their partner’s mother and this goes against the old clich? of the mother-in-law being a bit of a battle axe.
“Today, women in their fifties, sixties and beyond are far more stylish than ever before and have a confidence that clearly makes them feel fabulous at 50.
“Most women would actually take it as a complement that their mother is thought of as attractive as it’s a great indication that style runs in the family.”
Shocking stats: 31 per cent even said they thought their MILs fancied them
Shockingly, nearly a fifth (18 per cent) feels their partner’s mother has even made a subtle come on in the past.
And a cheeky one in four blokes openly admits to flirting with their partner’s mum in the past.
While nearly a third deliberately wind their partner up a bit by commenting on how attractive her mum is.However, the high appeal of the nation’s mothers is a compliment - four in ten say their partner strongly resembles her mum in appearance.
While nearly half thought that their partner’s style and overall clothing taste was heavily influenced by her mum.
A bold one in eight even goes as far as to say that their mother-in-law is more stylish than their partner when it comes to dress sense and looking good.
And a third of men say their partner gets her sense of humour from her mum, while nearly a quarter said they definitely have similar tempers.
When it comes to clothing, a fifth of men said mum and daughter have similar styles and a love of shopping, while 31 per cent said the two look very similar in appearances overall.
Psychologist Dr Linda Papadopoulos, who worked with Peter Hahn on the study, said: “These findings are really interesting to see - I think because popular culture is so youth-biased, older adults can feel undervalued, even unseen.
“Unsurprisingly many women aged 50 and over often lack confidence - when really they should be celebrating their age and embracing their beauty.
“Many women feel let down by retailers who seem to only cater for one size and shape- more brands need to start celebrating the diversity of female beauty.”