Dressed in black

Illustration: Oliver Jeffers

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Dressed. Well-dressed. In black. Lime is Los Angeles, pink is the South, red is for women senators, turquoise belongs in Florida, brown is all those states with horses. I haven't any idea what Chicago is, but I know that black is the New York woman. So, black. But with a little pop of color—like my bright green ballet flats that draw attention to my legs.

Delia Ephron's novel, The Lion Is In, will be published in May 2012 by Penguin.

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From the November 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine.