Musician Sophie Auster, a New York native and the daughter of writers Paul Auster and Siri Hustvedt, is having a big year, with the release of her debut EP Red Weather. And just as her sound mixes poetic lyrics with soulful vocals, her wardrobe toes the line between the elegantly feminine and subversively masculine. Taking a break from recording duties, our March It Girl discusses her new romance with a Gibson guitar; her love of boots, and a potential spring break in Paris.
Define your style in three words: Masculine, feminine, simple.
Daily uniform: Boots, jeans and a leather jacket.
Greatest hits: My silk blouse my mother gave me from Stella McCartney, a vintage Oscar de la Renta dress, a Chanel bag, and a white tuxedo jacket.
Preferred footwear: Boots.
Finishing touches: A gold bracelet, wide brimmed fedora, and my safety pin studs.
Nighttime look: A dress, black tights and hat.
Best recent discovery: Retrofret in Brooklyn where I purchased a vintage Gibson acoustic from 1956.
Favorite stores: Bleecker Street Records in the West Village, community book store in Park Slope, Ina in Soho, Kirna Zabete.
Style pet peeve: Girls who wear shoes they can’t walk in.
Style icons: Katherine Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, Jane Birkin, Patti Smith.
Last purchase: My new Gibson!
Lusting after: Leather leggings by Daryl K.
Favorite haunts: Hudson Bar and Books, Casa restaurant, Marlow & Sons, Rockwood Music Hall, Mercury Lounge.
Spring Break: Hopefully Paris with my girlfriends.