Styling ain't easy, we know. So, to freshen up your fashion, we created Match Made, an editorial by Stance featuring our season's best styles, expertly put together by a master stylist. This season, we reached out to Shandi Alexander, a New York-based stylist who started her career in PR at Christian Louboutin. However, it wasn’t long before Shandi realized she would rather be pulling the shoes than loaning them. Her career as a stylist took off, leading her to work with top publications such as Elle, Vogue, The New York Times, and Schon magazine. For our summer collection, Shandi serves us looks inspired by Stance's Southern California aesthetic, but juxtaposed against an urban backdrop of NY’s history. Get to know Shandi and see all of her styling combinations below!
"Crazy, sexy, cool," in the words of TLC.
The stars and stripes deserve to be displayed. Pair the Come Together style with bare legs to pledge your allegiance or show off your super invisibles with a heel.
The ones with old-school basketball players, but second would be the Santigold collab.
My sexy, metallic gold bra.
I will say I love, love, love Stance. I've been a rabid hosiery/sock collector since living in Japan many years ago, so any time I work with Stance it's like a dream. My other favorite would be meeting Mikhail Gorbachev for the Louis Vuitton campaign, because I never thought fashion would lead me to meeting a historical world leader. Ever!
Understand that it's not all about glamour or just about loving clothes. It's about the narrative and telling a story through clothes that truly drives stylists.
Most of all, the eclectic mix of people on the streets of New York. The style and individuality is endless, whether I'm on a subway, in a park, or walking down the street. I always see something that gets incorporated into future shoots.
Medicine for Melancholy or Pretty in Pink.
Whether she's letting bare legs and classic crews do the talking, pairing two sock styles in the same outfit, Shandi keeps it original and unexpected.
Understand that it's not all about glamour or just about loving clothes. It's about the narrative and telling a story through clothes that truly drives stylists... at least that's what I believe. Also, roll up your sleeves, put your head down, work hard, and be willing to do the dirty work that goes along with the job.
I have a couple fun editorials coming up in the spring, and a punk rock bridal fashion show for NY Bridal Fashion Week, which will be new and super fun. I'm also trying to research starting a little boys' brand of clothing, because I can't stand that the only choices for my sons are cargo shorts and character Ts.
Shandi brings tropical vibes to the city with bright leafy crews and bold sneakers, for an elevated, but casual street style.