nora ephron
The Writer Life

What do you wear to write?

I have a very important writing rule that I stick to. No pajamas when writing! Sometimes, I even dress for the occasion with a glass of red wine by my side -- ahh I miss my bourbon days. It’s imperative that we dress for the life we want to live. Don’t take it from me, take it from the late, great Nora Ephron.

Ms. Ephron knew how clothing could affect the relationship between women better than anyone else. And she knew that the first step to discovering yourself starts with figuring out what to wear. This is especially helpful if you’re a creative person.

In Love, Loss, and What I Wore a play she wrote with her sister, Delia Ephron, she covers relationships between women and their wardrobes: the disapproving mothers, the disappearing men and the sisters who stand up for you. Ms. Ephron has many endearing quotes in the play that we can apply to our daily lives. Here are three of my favorites.

Wearing black: “Can't we just stop pretending that anything is ever going to be the new black?”— Love, Loss, and What I Wore

Things mothers say: "Is that what you're going to wear? [...] I don’t understand, you could look so good if you tried.”— Love, Loss, and What I Wore

On bags/not carrying one, that is: “This is for women who hate their purses, who understand that their purses are reflections of negligent housekeeping, hopeless disorganization, a chronic inability to throw anything away, and an ongoing failure to handle the obligations of a demanding accessory — the obligation, for example, that it should in some way match what you’re wearing.”— Love, Loss, and What I Wore

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