Hilarious Ways You Know A Woman Is Single Just By Looking At Her

Single women have certain things in common that you might not expect. Here are a few ways to tell that a woman is single and happy about it just by looking at her.

  1. She has a dog. Yes, there are plenty of women in relationships who have dogs too, but getting a dog is a right of passage for a single person. Because getting a dog takes time and commitment, it usually indicates that the person has decided to be single for a while. Being single doesn’t have to be a transitory, unstable state. It can be a choice. A woman who goes everywhere with her dog has probably chosen a four-legged companion over a two-legged one.
  2. She’s by herself and doesn’t look awkward about it. People in relationships struggle to be on their own. It feels weird to sit at a café by yourself with a coffee and not have anyone to talk to. You feel like everyone’s looking at you and feeling sorry for you. But when you’re single, you get used to flying solo. It ceases to feel awkward and starts to feel liberating. If you see a woman out in public who is by herself and makes it look natural (even enviable), it’s safe to assume that she’s single.
  3. She hangs out with other women. There’s disagreement about whether straight men and women can ever be just friends, but regardless of what side of the debate you come down on, it’s fair to say that single women tend to gravitate towards each other. Maybe it’s the sense of camaraderie and enlightenment you feel to be in a group of people who are not seeking external validation. Maybe it’s the joy of not feeling like the odd one out in gatherings where everyone seems to be coupled up. Whatever the reason, single women are often either alone or with other single women.
  4. She isn’t texting. When you’re actively trying to date people, keeping up with dating app matches and blind date prospects can feel like a full-time job. Your phone starts to feel like an extension of your body and you lose yourself in hours of DMs and texts. Even when you’re in a relationship, you spend a lot of time coordinating with the other person. In contrast, when you’re happily single, you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. There is no need to constantly text people about plans. You’re free to enjoy solitude.
  5. She’s a power-dresser. One of the best things about being single is that you have time to focus on yourself and what you enjoy. Some people start a skincare routine, pick up a hobby, or book a solo vacation. Others start expressing themselves through fashion. When you no longer feel pressure to please or attract others with your wardrobe, you can wear what makes you feel good. You can often spot a single woman just by the clothes she’s wearing and how she’s wearing them. If you see a woman who looks effortlessly powerful in her clothes no matter the style, she’s probably single.
  6. She isn’t wearing a ring. This may seem obvious, but if you want to know if a woman is single, it’s the best place to start. If she’s wearing a wedding ring, she isn’t single. That said, plenty of married women don’t wear a wedding ring, and unmarried women in relationships don’t either. Don’t jump to conclusions.
  7. She’s ignoring the men around her. You might assume that single women are constantly eyeing the men around them, trying to make eye contact. But the truth is, a lot of single women are thrilled to be single and want to keep it that way. If you see a woman who’s by herself and isn’t engaging with or attempting to intercept any of the guys in her line of sight, it might be because she’s happily single and has no interest in male attention.
  8. She chats with waiters/checkout employees/baristas. Let’s be honest, though: even happily single women enjoy human contact and end up taking advantage of the mundane social interactions we all experience. A woman who’s used to being on her own enjoys talking to waiters and checkout employees because she’s not tired of being around people the way a lot of us are when we’re in relationships or constantly dating new people. She has time to make small talk with the people she meets out and about.
  9. She’s never in a rush. Being single means that you’re on your own schedule, and my god it’s nice. Sure, you have professional obligations, but it’s much easier to show up to work on time when you live alone and have no responsibilities besides your work schedule. You’re never rushing to meet anyone or stressing out about the promise you made to your partner to be home in time for dinner. Your plans are flexible. You’re on your own time, and there is always time to spare.
  10. She looks happy by herself. When you choose to be single, solitude is the goal. Being alone is what you wanted. You aren’t looking around for someone to talk to or smile at. You’re just enjoying your own company. When you’re in a relationship, you get so used to being around someone else that it feels unnatural and depressing to be by yourself. If you see a woman who is alone in public who looks comfortable and content, you can be 99 percent certain that she is consciously and happily single.

How to be happy as a single woman (even if you didn’t choose to be on your own)

Being single is amazing, but it doesn’t always feel that way when you start out on your own. Maybe you’ve just gone through a tough breakup or been dumped unexpectedly. Maybe you’ve been dating for years with no luck and just want to be in a happy, stable relationship. The good news is that, while you can’t guarantee a happy relationship with someone else, you can ensure that you have a happy relationship with yourself. Here’s how:

  1. Embrace the perks of being single. When you don’t have someone else to shape your daily routine, living on your own can feel disorganized and out of your control. But if you develop a schedule that capitalizes on the benefits of being single (more sleep, less stress, greater autonomy, more time to pursue hobbies, etc.) you will become comfortable and busy within your singledom.
  2. Solidify your support system. We all need human interaction, even introverts. Maintaining friendships and reaching out to people who you want to build bonds with will ensure that you never feel lonely. Being single can feel like torture if you don’t have other sources of love and conversation, so make sure that your friend group is solid and supportive.
  3. Don’t put your life on hold for a partner. A lot of us visualize our futures with a partner at our side, making it difficult to move forward with our plans when we find ourselves without a significant other. But your life goals are yours, and you can’t wait for someone else to pursue them. If you start manifesting your dreams on your own, you’ll realize that they always belonged to you, not to you and an imaginary partner. Someday, you might meet someone who fits into your already-realized dreams, but waiting for that moment will make you unfulfilled and dependent on others for happiness.
Rose Nolan is a writer and editor from Austin, TX who focuses on all things female and fabulous. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Theater from the University of Surrey and a Master's Degree in Law from the University of Law. She’s been writing professional since 2015 and, in addition to her work for Bolde, she’s also written for Ranker and Mashed. She's published articles on topics ranging from travel, higher education, women's lifestyle, law, food, celebrities, and more.