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A week in work outfits with Sharon Liu, the founder of Club Ronny

By Vaseline May30,2024

“Dancing on the border between everyday clothing and active clothing.”

If you work in a creative role, it can be difficult to know how to dress for the day. Instead of a set uniform of crisp white shirts and tailored black trousers (as much as I love them), an ever-changing schedule means that each morning requires a series of questions. Am I running or just sitting at my desk? Do I need to dress specifically for a project? And most importantly, am I in the background of someone’s TikTok?


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This week, Sharon Liu, Pilates instructor and founder of Club Ronny, takes us through her week in work outfits. Balancing her roles as a business owner, group Pilates instructor, one-on-one movement teacher and content creator, Sharon leans toward “textures and fabrics that hold shape and support movement.” Her personal style leans toward high-end investment pieces and pieces from local labels and is a playful mix of consignment store finds and great second-hand gemstones.

“Because I spend so much time in the studio and on the road, I gravitate toward pieces that express my creativity while satisfying the physicality of my work week and lifestyle,” says Sharon. “On colorful days I feel most like myself in a monochrome outfit or contrasting shades. Layered, fitted tops and a selection of wide-leg trousers create a wardrobe that feels practical and versatile, straddling the line between everyday wear and activewear.” Here she takes us through her work wardrobe for a week.

Monday

As someone who usually wears some form of activewear or stretchy clothing for work, I like to start my Monday by getting dressed to get administratively organized, aka getting things done. Today I’m finishing up booking the venue space for my first upcoming Club Ronny series of Pilates classes in Fitzroy, building out my website and keeping up with emails. Here I work from my partner’s backyard in Collingwood, close to a local favorite, Cibi.

Being a full-time Pilates teacher and running your own business is a seriously social job, so working in an incognito outfit and space helps minimize the distractions of getting important things organized at the start of the week. Working outside means staying comfortable, from a crisp morning start to the warm glow of the afternoon sun.

I’m wearing brown low-rise Zara pants I bought in New York, skivvy from Paloma Wool, scarf from Acne Studios, cap from OFR Paris, loafers from Prada from Swop (my size, thank you thrift store gods) , my favorite black leather sheepskin coat that I found at a flea market in Paris and a black leather bag with a pearl necklace, also thrifted from Swop. I call this look ‘Mr Worldwide’.

Tuesday

Tuesday is a big teaching day. I start the day bright and early, ready for the 6am crew at Good Times Pilates in Brunswick and my all-time favorite 9:30am Power Moves legends. The studio is absolutely beautiful, so today I’m also filming content before heading to my bi-weekly Tuesday psych appointment and Inner Studio for a little R&R.

My day ends with two regular private one-on-one Pilates clients that I love at Club Ronny HQ, my home studio in Hawthorn. I’m wearing Lululemon Align tights, Move Active scrunch grip socks, Nike Vomeros, a layered top from Muse the Label, and a Samsoe Samsoe shirt jacket that I bought from Goodbyes and has since become a wardrobe staple.

My Telfar bag is another essential runaround bag that could rival Mary Poppins. I put everything in this bag, from a pair of tights to an extra pair of grippy socks and a banana.

Wednesday

Wednesday is a nice day. I teach a mid-morning class at Good Times Pilates in Northcote and then head back to Club Ronny HQ. I received a beautiful set from Vedomme this week, so I spent the afternoon playing with styling to capture movement content. I love how creative I get in my studio space.

I’m wearing a strapless knitted top and green biker shorts, donated by Vedomme. With the cooler weather I decided to style it with black stockings, knee high boots that I got from Zara in New York and a classic white shirt from Baserange.

Thursday

Here I am in the car park at the back of Good Times Pilates in Fitzroy. On Thursdays I teach here mid-morning before flying to Cremorne to teach a corporate mat Pilates class in the afternoon and then back to Club Ronny HQ to take on regular private one-on-one Pilates clients.

Thursday is another big class day that calls for active clothing that I can move in. I’m wearing Nagnata track pants, my trusty Moncler puffer over a black Arnsdorf long sleeve and Asics sneakers. My Good Times Nalgene water bottle is a must all week to keep me hydrated, along with my cult classic Telfar bag which really does the most during my work week.

Friday

Teaching starts early at 6am on Friday in Fitzroy. After a few days of teaching Pilates I love to step out of the workout clothes, usually into some form of denim and for the most part straight into these Carhatt boyfriend jeans I scored from the Carhatt store in Bordeaux, France.

Today I’m catching up with a friend for brunch after teaching in Fitzroy, before meeting my friend Rachael for one-on-one Pilates at Club Ronny and then an empowering business mentoring hour together. I’m wearing my (nearly uniform) Carhartt jeans, Ganni ballerinas, my favorite thrifted mohair knit from the Marais in Paris, layered over a sky blue Acne Studios patterned skivvy and a pop of contrast color with my orange Bottega Veneta cassette bag (after give old friend Telfar a rest).

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