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6 Things Nora Ephron Said About Fashion That We Will Always Love Her For

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Ephron, already missed, via Getty
Ephron, already missed, via Getty

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Today in sad news: Writer Nora Ephron passed away last night last night at the age of 71. In addition to the literary and film communities—plus anyone who ever saw When Harry Met Sally—women who like clothes are mourning, too. One thing about Ephron is that she got fashion. She knew that clothes can be the connecting—and sometimes divisive—thread in a female relationship, whether between a mother, a sister, or a friend. And she knew that figuring yourself out can start with figuring out what you're going to wear today. Rest in peace, Nora, and, for the rest of us, here are six of her quotes on clothes we love her for:

On the pursuit of self through style, a.k.a. dressing like Madonna sometimes:
“Any American woman under 40 who says she’s never dressed as Madonna is either lying or Amish.”— Love, Loss, and What I Wore

On feminism:
"The Wonderbra is not a step forward for women. Nothing that hurts that much is a step forward for women."— 1996 Wellesley College commencement address

On that thing that 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 black:
“Sometimes I buy something that isn’t black, and I put it on and I am so sorry."— Love, Loss, and What I Wore

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

On bras:
"'I want to buy a bra,' I said to my mother one night. 'What for?' she said. My mother was really hateful about bras, and by the time my third sister had gotten to the point where she was ready to want one, my mother had worked the whole business into a comedy routine. 'Why not use a Band-Aid instead?' she would say. It was a source of great pride to my mother that she had never even had to wear a brassiere until she had her fourth child, and then only because her gynecologist made her. It was incomprehensible to me that anyone could ever be proud of something like that. It was the 1950s, for God's sake. Jane Russell. Cashmere sweaters. Couldn't my mother see that? 'I am too old to wear an undershirt.' Screaming. Weeping. Shouting. 'Then don't wear a undershirt,' said my mother. 'But I want to buy a bra.' 'What for?'— "A Few Words About Breasts," Esquire
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