Originally Posted by m@T
there's a skill to that. Anyone can walk up and say "i like your blouse", too obvious, too there for all to see. It has to be a small detail that she thinks that Men Will Never Notice but that she has pored over for an hour before she left - like the weird little jewel things embedded in her nail polish that she had to sit still for an hour while the beautician lined them up right - crap like that. Notice that stuff - then you score points.
Notice that stuff, and women love you. Notice that stuff, and you're really loving women--the entire sex. I dig out on crap like that on the subway all the time. I start at the face, then I'm looking at the buttons on their blouse, the nail polish on their fingers or toes, whether they manicure or not, how they bundle their hair, the matching colors between their dress pattern and their earrings, the makeup they chose, etc. Women are really fricking creative the way they dress, despite the few threads to the contrary on SF.
Originally Posted by visionology
Conversations are like trees, your main topic is the trunk and each detail leads to a new branch of conversation.
Well put. OP, I had a similar thing happen on the street the other day, and I think people are right when they say, just keep talking. I'm getting to the point where I'm just chatting with anyone out and about. Not to pick up on anyone, but to get comfortable doing it. Once you're at the point, talking to a lady in the elevator will pretty much be akin to talking to her at a party.