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July 31, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Survey: Seattle women most likely to swoon over a well-dressed man

Seattle women showed a lot more love for tailored "John" (right)  than off-the-rack "John" (left)

Seattle women showed six times more love for bespoke “John” (right) than off-the-rack “John” (left) on OKCupid. (Photo: Courtesy of Arden Reed)

Here’s a tip for single guys in Seattle: A little style goes a long, long way.

A new survey suggests that single women in our infamously dressed-down city simply can’t resist a man in a well-tailored suit.

New York-based menswear firm Arden Reed conducted the (admittedly unscientific) study in collaboration with dating site OKCupid.  Sets of online profiles were created featuring the same man.  These profiles were identical but for one small detail: in one, the guy was pictured wearing a baggy, off-the-rack suit; in the other, he was wearing a perfectly-tailored one.


Comments | Topics: Clothes, clothing, dating

February 13, 2013 at 7:30 AM

In Seattle, does true romance start with a one-night stand?

(Photo: Nafflicious/Wikimedia)

According to a recent Harris poll, 19 percent of Americans would rather have a root canal than be single on Valentine’s Day.  That’s a little hard to believe.  It’s true, though, that this holiday — silly as it may be — does make some single people feel painfully aware of their singleness. But take heart (no pun intended): you might be single, but you’re hardly alone. There are more than 100 million unmarried adults in the United States, including 1.3 million right here in the Seattle-Tacoma metro area.

Right now is, in fact, the perfect time to celebrate singletons.  Feb. 14 isn’t just Valentine’s Day — it’s also Singles Awareness Day.  At least according to Wikipedia.  So in the spirit of the day, let’s delve into some new data on Seattle-area singles.


Comments | More in Market Research | Topics: dating, Seattle, sex

December 18, 2012 at 6:45 AM

What are Seattle’s least likely places to spot wedding bands?

Poster from the 1992 Seattle-based film “Singles”

Singles, here’s a question for you: is Seattle a hard town to meet someone?

Demographically speaking, it shouldn’t be that bad.  Of America’s 50 largest cities, Seattle has the 16th highest percentage of singles, according to the most recent Census Bureau estimates.  In fact, single folks are the majority of the city’s population — 55 percent of Seattle adults are single.

So yes, they’re out there.  But that doesn’t mean they’re easy to meet.


Comments | More in Demographics, Market Research | Topics: dating, marital status, Seattle