Among the characteristics men look for in a wife are loyalty, honesty, self-confidence, emotional maturity and self-respect. For example, some men do not mind if the wife is the financial breadwinner while other men believe the wife should assume the responsibilities of home and children.
For some men, a woman's lack of emotional maturity can be a turn off. For example, if he sees that she calls him constantly at work or if she tends to be clingy, he will wonder if she will be too dependent on him and doesn't have an identity of her own.
Men want to marry women who will stick by them through the toughest times and are not a fair-weather spouse. For example, if a young man had to be deployed overseas in the military, he would expect his wife to remain faithful and support him.
Men want to marry women who have both inner and outer beauty. They want to marry someone who has a healthy attitude toward her appearance and who strives to look her best at all times.
Men also want to marry women who know how to be resourceful with the things they have. For example, some men like women who are frugal with money and who can budget well. Other men like women who can fix household objects and save trips to the store.
Every man is different, so the qualities may vary in importance. But men do want to marry women who are secure in themselves and who view marriage as an equal partnership that involves commitment, mutual respect and unconditional love.