I find it simultaneously exhilarating and exhausting to follow the creative couple, Spencer Ostrander and Sophie Auster, on Instagram. To say that they’re “constantly on the move” or they “live at airports” doesn’t even scratch the surface of the all-encompassing nature of their creative lifestyle. No two days are the same and they’re constantly traipsing back and forth across the country–actually, the world!–to make their work lives and their love life work.
Luckily, we were able to snag them for a day, right after Spencer returned from shooting in Chile and a few days before they got MARRIED (!!!!) in Brooklyn. See? Wild!
A life of constant flux calls for creative dressing. Sophie is a musician. From the stage, to an airport run, to an afternoon of writing at home, she uses clothing to both cultivate her persona on stage and to keep her feeling comfortable and cozy in the quiet moments.
And, who better to capture her in all her myriad looks than her (now) husband and creative counterpart?
The cherry on top? We were able to involve our friends at The Outnet, who understand and help women dress for a creative life in motion.
Veronica: How do you use clothing to tell a story (or express yourself) when you’re on stage?
Sophie: Suits have become my uniform and my armor on stage. As I evolve and continue to hone in on my performative life as a musician, I have found that suits make me feel tough and sexy. I can move freely without feeling constricted. I think it sends the message of a woman in control who is playing with her sexuality in a way that is not obvious. I have a wide array of gold, velvet, sequin, and monochromatic suits that hang in my closet.
What do you do to spur your creativity when you’re feeling stuck?
Walks are important. I mostly write in my apartment, so sometimes it can be stifling and I’ll need to get out. I find that a long walk can shake me out of my creative blocks.
Can you talk a bit about your music writing process? Do you write in the morning? Late at night?
When I’m in the process of working on songs, I will treat it like a regular job. I’ll wake up, have my coffee, and sit down to write. I like to make structure for myself, so often it’s 9-5, like an office job. My brain is freshest in the morning, so I tend to be clearer. When I’m recording, I like to go in late because my voice is warm from a full day of speaking.
How would you describe your style today and how has it evolved over time? Has your music career influenced it at all?
I’m more toned down in my everyday life. I’m not buying groceries in red sequins! But, I think as I’ve matured and gotten older, I take more risks and I’m not afraid to stand out or be bold. I think this influence came from performing so much and becoming more and more confident in my own skin.