Studio Style: SoulCycle East Coast vs. West Coast

Who wins in the East Coast and West Coast style battle? We're calling it a draw after seeing these picks from badass SoulCycle instructors from LA and NYC.


Despite the perennial yellow-splashed aesthetic you’ve come to associate with the temple of sweat at SoulCycle studios from Boston to San Francisco, their instructors bring the heat with their cool, individual teaching—and fashion—styles.

For Pixie Acia and Sunny Walters, instructors at SoulCycle locations in Los Angeles and New York City respectively, being up on the bike is about more than inspiring riders for 45 minutes—it’s also a mini runway (complete with spotlights) for them to show of their unique brand of cool, inspired by the city they’re thriving in.

Pixie takes advantage of that Los Angeles weather by riding her motorcycle to the studio, and while she appreciates a good black outfit, can often be found in a more eclectic, boho mix. “I’m the instructor in a rainbow of color, with striped tube socks and cut up shirts to fit my body,” she says. She also is always donning either a bandana or a baseball hat, promoting her favorite charities or local surf companies (so LA).

On the other side of the country, Sunny’s always found in the quintessential New Yorker’s requisite uniform of black…and lots of it. “I was born and raised in NYC, and my studio style is pretty much the same as my street style.” she says. “I like to look strong and structured in black on black prints, different textures, and cutouts.”

Here are a few other pieces these badass instructors on opposite coasts are constantly reaching for when dressing for their (many) workouts. —Molly Gallagher


Sunny Walters, New York City 

1. SoulCycle Mini Wheel Wrap Capris ($92) I love these pants! My favorite thing is that they look cool with everything from combat boots to sneakers.

2. Palladium Pampa Tactical Boots ($100) I’ve had these boots for two years now. They’ve made it through countless dance rehearsals, an entire New York City winter, and just everyday wear. Need I say more?

3. Zara Two-tone Wrap Jacket ($80) I can wear this wrap glammed up and out at night, or relaxed to the studio.

4. Spiritual Gangster Varsity Crop Tank  ($39) I own so many Spiritual Gangster shirts, they definitely have a place in my uniform! This one says it all.

5. Wet n Wild MegaLast Liquid Lip Color in Red My Mind ($3) Okay, it’s not a piece of clothing, but it’s a huge part of my personal style. Plus, it stays on all day, even after teaching with a headset, which is crucial.


Pixie Acia, Los Angeles

1. SoulCycle Zip Hoodie ($88) This is my favorite hoodie. The color is great on everybody, and the fit is sexy yet still casual and functional.

2. Lululemon In a Flash Bra II ($52) I love this bra. I need support, but also want to feel sexy with as little material as possible. I spend a lot of time in the sun hiking with these bras and I love the open-back, tan-line situation.

3. New Balance Minimus Zero V2 ($110) I’m a big fan of cross training, so the perfect shoe is a must. I can run, kickbox, lift, and run around town in these.

4. Wigwam Tube Knee Socks ($8) Striped socks have been my thing since I was a little kid. I once saw a basketball photo, from the ’70s, of my grandfather wearing them and fell in love. I wear them in the spin studio, in the training room, and in everyday life. They just make me feel like me.

5. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Waterproof Mascara ($7) This waterproof mascara is a must-have for me at all times…it’s key when you’re sweating 12-16 times a week.

What’s a signature East Coast or West Coast workout staple that you see or wear? How do you rep your city in your studio style? Tell us in the Comments, below!


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