Ruby Gan is one busy lady. The entrepreneur, mom of two boys, fitness buff and fashionista leads a fast-paced, energetic life that could easily tire any twenty-two year old. This fifty-something woman’s energy however puts most of ours to shame and she’s got an equally vivacious attitude to match all that sass.
I was lucky enough to catch her commitment-free one Friday morning to shoot this feature which she claims she’s never really gotten used to doing. “I have always dreaded photo shoots because I really don’t know how to act in front of the camera. I find it difficult to be serious and really “in the moment” – hahahaha!”, she says to me. After several attempts to do the moody model face and stance, I caved and told her to be herself–laugh and smile to her heart’s desire. With the gym practically being her second home, it was all but natural to center on the athleisure trend that’s so hot right now.
When I sent her the pegs, she immediately related saying that it was exactly how she dressed in the morning: incorporating her gym clothes underneath corporate wear to save on bag space and packing light in the process. I had my work cut out for me! “Long before athleisure became a word, I was already doing this because I don’t want to be packing too many clothes when I go to the gym. I usually match workout wear like tights with a long shirt and a blazer then finish it off with high heels and my staple accessories”, Ruby pointed out. It’s quite the clever tactic, really and she pulls it off with such panache it seems second nature. When asked about her fashion philosophy, she replies “I normally go for easy pieces that can be mixed and matched. My uniform consists of black, white – lots of white, some greys and taupes. I like wearing no-brainers like shift dresses. For me, they are the easiest because I can either wear it with heels or sneakers. Mobility is very important for me because I drive and do many things in between. When I do my groceries, say in between meetings, I should still look polished after carrying the grocery bags to the car.” Yes, this fierce femme fatale drives herself everywhere while multi-tasking, shifting gears as easily as she shifts to her many roles. It’s as if she thrives on being active and living a hectic life enjoying every minute. Before we part ways I ask her what was the best fashion advice she’s ever gotten? “Can I just say smile?”, she replies. Couldn’t agree more.