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Do You Behave Differently When Single?

It was surprising to hear Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss split from husband Fred Armisen after 10 months of marriage but true nonetheless.

So when she was spotted out partying with friends after a show during New York Fashion Week, the New York Post declared her in "single-girl mode." That's to say she was having fun and looking fantastic — "like she had lost some weight."

Now I've certainly lost weight after breakups, but it had more to do with being in depressed mode rather than "single-girl mode." The idea that women somehow dress better, look better, and are better when single has always bothered me. As if going out to pick up men is a mission, like hitting up all three bars on your Saturday-night itinerary, and we let ourselves go once taken. If anything I try harder when I'm in a relationship, because I know there's someone specific, whom I care about, to impress.

In honor of National Singles Week (this week!), I want to know: do you change it up when you're on your own?

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danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
I'm newly single (after 5 1/2 years) and I don't think I behave differently at all. I've always taken care of myself and today I even went to the store without any makeup on :P I'm just me.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 6 years
I always keep my every-day look pretty much the same, plain-faced with fashionable, semi-modest, form-fitting clothes (sometimes PJ pants, I know, awful right?). And when I go out I like to turn as many heads as possible. I don't think that ever changes. My quiet nights in reading turn into quiet nights watching movies on the couch with him, and I check my phone more often in case he called, I guess that's it.
starbucks2 starbucks2 6 years
Like sourcherry I also dress more trendy without a boyfriend. My man is absolutely disgusted by nail polish! I have nor worn it in years...sad....And he also likes me best in jeans and t-shirt. I don't have to put on high heels for him, he thinks their stupid...
Angelica Angelica 6 years
I have more alone time when I'm single, which means I do different things (like workout more and do more projects/crafts), but fundamentally I behave the same.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I have no idea! My husband was also my first boyfriend, so I've only been single, and then with him. As far as I know I'm still pretty much the same.
stephley stephley 6 years
No I don't behave or dress differently - and I don't think 'having' a man or not should determine whether you try to look your best.
WarEagleNurse WarEagleNurse 6 years
lickety-split lickety-split 6 years
hate to say it, but.... if you look at women at lunch, weekdays, you can tell who's married and who is single by who looks more worn out. in general (and this is just my observation), women wearing wedding rings need hair cuts/color jobs, have chipped nails, clothing that is less "fresh" looking. women not wearing a wedding ring are more polished looking. i've actually talked about this with friends, and its been true everytime we've sort of "tested it".
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
I tend to dress more "trendy" when I'm single than when I'm with my boyfriend. I do less girls nights out at the bar, which is when I would generally wear my more out there outfits. My boyfriend has some weird aversion to non functional clothing, like belts that aren't holding up pants of zippers that are purely for decoration. It's kind of funny actually.
ladylove004 ladylove004 6 years
I don't act or dress much differently, but I do definitely go out with my gfs more, esp. my crazy ones who know how to party and show me a good time lol why not? I am single! lol
le-romantique le-romantique 6 years
To me, having a man is more the reason to look your absolute BEST. I don't act much different, always work out and take care of myself, but I do dress significantly better when I'm actually in a relationship.
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