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Your one-night stand etiquette guide

Text: Nicola Davidson

Your one-night stand etiquette guide

You came, you saw, you conquered. High five to you! But now it’s morning and things don’t seem quite as uninhibited as they did a few hours ago. #Awkward. What to do?

Assess the situation 

What do you want to do? (After ninja rolling into the bathroom for a sneaky makeup check of course.) Do you want to go back to sleep or do you want to get on with your day? Make the decision and go with it. And if you’re having trouble choosing, consider that a lie-in might get you a bonus round, too.

Don’t be shy 

When you do finally get up, get dressed like a normal person. Hiding under the covers or behind cupboard doors will only make you seem paranoid. You didn’t have anything to hide the night before, you don’t have anything to hide now. 

Be cool 

Embarrassed on the inside? Act like a boss on the outside. There’s no need to feel uncomfortable or guilty anyway. You went out, you got yours and more power to you.

Exchange numbers 

Or don’t. It’s up to you to decide what you want. If you both want to see each other again, awesome. If neither of you is keen for a repeat, no problem. But if you think you’d like to meet up again, don’t leave without saying so. The worst they can do is say no. 

Say a proper goodbye 

Even if you don’t want to see them again, that’s no reason to dress and dash. End things on a friendly note. If nothing else, it’ll make things way less uncomfortable if you ever bump into each other in the future. Plus, being nice costs nothing. 

Don’t be ‘that girl’ 

The one who leaves something behind to force another meet-up. The one who sends messages constantly. Or the one who starts low-key stalking. Nobody likes a stage five clinger. You’re better than that.

Don’t worry: Catching feelings after a one-night stand is super normal. Learn how to deal here!

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