Stephany Greene has over 25 years of experience as a fashion designer and stylist. She’s the author of Stephany’s Style Secrets: 7 Steps to Live and Dress Your Best, and creator of How To Style Yourself.™ As a renowned Fashion Designer, Stephany has designed for notable legends such as Tommy Hilfiger, Perry Ellis, and Ralph Lauren, and she is the founder of the Fashion Merchandising Program at the University of the District of Columbia.
I know how you feel because I’ve been there too!
As a fashion designer, my life was full of stressful 16-hour days with no weekends off. I wanted to be a fashion designer since I was a young girl. It was my self-professed ‘dream job’. A graduate of Pratt University, my education, gift and experience led me to the top of the ranks as a fashion designer for well-known brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Perry Ellis, and Ralph Lauren.
Designing clothing lines that drove an excess of $75 million shifted my career into overdrive..
The fashion shows, parties, and product launches were awesome as a globally inspired 20-something. But as I entered my 30’s and found myself wanting more time to date, spend more time with my friends and also start a family, I eventually burned out and went into overwhelm mode.
Succeeding as a workaholic led me to the emergency room with health problems from continually trying to function in a high stress lifestyle. I had to end up in the hospital to finally begin to re-examine my family, my love life, my friends, my ‘things,’ my career path, and ultimately my health and well-being.
How much would I have to lose in order to eventually win? And in the end, would it be worth it? Upon exiting the hospital I was scared. It wasn’t only about the experience of being in the hospital but also about what happened when I returned to the workforce knowing the real consequences of continuing to work at that level.
I ultimately decided that if I cut back on my work schedule, my work would suffer and affect my career prospects. So I decided it was in my best interest to leave my six-figure career as a fashion designer in New York. On a whim, I relocated to Miami. A friend invited me to stay with her for the summer, while I reinvented my career. Not having an established network and unsure of what I was going to do next, I was determined to find happiness in Miami, so to make ends meet, I took an interim job as a waitress making $3.50 an hour.
Some family and friends treated me like a failure, because they thought I had a position that was ‘below me’. It took some time but I had to learn to let go of caring about what other people thought of me in order to be me. I suffered through hearing how ‘crazy’ some people thought I was. I risked losing friends because I wasn’t as cool – to them – when I was a waitress, as I was when I was designing for people like Tommy Hilfiger (working for Tommy is still one of the best experiences of my life). In the process of finding my happiness, and letting go of unhappy people who weren’t the best for me, I simultaneously lost weight that refused to come off before! Go on a bad people diet and watch how fast you lose weight!
The point is, by taking a big risk; I realized…I take myself with me wherever I go. I realized I didn’t have to look for happiness outside myself. It was never in my designer clothes, my seemingly glamorous career, my man, or even my friends. Happiness existed in me all along. I just had to discover it. And, for a while, I was actually happier making $3.50 an hour as a waitress, than I ever was as a stressed out fashion executive earning six-figures a year…because I had found peace in being me.
I took a huge risk to change my life ten years ago.
In my book, Stephany’s Style Secrets: 7 Steps to Live and Dress Your Best, I wrote about some of the huge risks I have had to take in the past for what I believed I could ultimately gain in the future. And my young son’s smiling face and precious laugh reminds me daily that the reward is indeed greater than the risk.
My life story is the fuel I’ve used to become successful, to become powerful, and to become, dare I say it, stylish! I earned a Master’s Degree from American University. In my graduate school thesis, I developed a theory I call the psychology of style™. I’ve spent years researching why we wear what we wear, and how our clothing affects or moods, emotions, and behavior. You might be surprised to learn that colors you wear on an interview may determine whether you get the job or not, or, you might be shocked to know that your self-esteem influences the way you dress and how others perceive you in your clothes. My video course demonstrates how I have learned to help people like you tune into those feelings, as I teach you how to develop a style that works for you…so you can start loving yourself more than ever!