If you’re trying to meet a guy the old-fashioned way (read: not from behind your computer screen) but keep striking out, maybe it’s time to pair up in a different way. A wingwoman can help you hone in on potentials, will sidle up to Mr. Dark-Hair-and-Dimples when you’re feeling shy, and then give you the courage to share your number with him—all while adeptly yet politely turning away those who aren’t your type.
But you need to be just as picky when selecting your right-hand woman as you are when scoping out men. Look for these eight qualities to ID the perfect woman to help you find the perfect man.
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While your wingwoman doesn’t have to be married, she should be in a healthy relationship, says matchmaker Talia Goldstein, co-founder of the dating site ThreeDayRule.com. Not only will her relationship status dissolve any hint of competition, she also knows what to look for in a guy. “She can easily identify the type of man that is supportive, kind, loyal—and who will adore you,” Goldstein says. So instead of winding up hurt after pursuing the hot guy who challenged you, she’ll guide you toward someone who’s prime long-term material.
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