Aesthetic attraction is a form of physical attraction to a person's appearance. It is defined as an attraction to the way someone looks, or how they present themselves. It is typically based on a desire to observe someone because one finds them aesthetically pleasing. It is often described as a similar feeling to looking at a nice painting or landscape. In the a-spec community, it is typically useful to distinguish aesthetic attraction from sexual attraction and romantic attraction.
Among allosexuals and/or alloromantics aesthetic attraction is commonly felt alongside sexual and/or romantic attraction, this is sometimes considered a necessary element of the experience. However, aesthetic attraction can sometimes be felt separately from other forms of attraction.
An aesthetic crush is known as a swish, although the term is not widely used. One who does not experience aesthetic attraction may identify as a-aesthetic or nonaesthetic.