Photo: Jamar Stephens

Photo: Jamar Stephens

Afiya Francisco is a Style Expert, television and fashion personality, speaker, and brand ambassador. The Style House is a multimedia platform designed to help women approach their personal style with confidence, simplicity & joy. 

Stefania Yarhi

I like to imagine myself in a modern day Dolce Vita.

Freelance Writer/Photographer/Blogger, Textstyles

Personality: Sophia Loren. Album: Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Designer: Well right now I want everything that Dolce & Gabbana has created for the past three seasons. Colour: Blue. Astrological Sign: Virgo.

You may not yet realize it, but chances are, you are a big fan of Stefania's work. Her fashion documentation via stylish street portraits and engaging narrative, has propelled Stefania to the top of the fashion pack. She counts Fashion magazine and eLuxe as clients and regularly  shares her street style snaps on her own site Textstyles. Today, Stefania shares the details of her personal style with The Style House.

Do you prefer to dress for an occasion or for everyday. Why?

I'd say for an occasion, because that's really when I start to dream up a costume. Everyday, I'm in a uniform, mostly jeans or skirts, flats and a button down blouse.

Would you rather be overdressed or underdressed?

Well, actually this depends on what I'm doing. I would never preach for anyone to be underdressed, unless you're a street style photographer, you don't want to outshine those you're asking to pose for you. Otherwise, always err on the side of overdressed. Canadian, and more specifically Toronto, society is far too "lax" in the apparel department. Just try boys and girls! Please.

Your all-time favourite outfits:

Coming back to my favourite designers of this moment, Dolce & Gabbana. I like to imagine myself in a modern day Dolce Vita. At least, those are my happiest sartorial days. So a high-waisted skirt, button down blouse obvi, and heels.

Your top 3 celeb style moments:

First, and this is if we're talking chronological in my life:

Ariel in The Little Mermaid. I wanted [so] badly, still do, to have a lilac shell bikini top and green fins.

Then would come Cher in Clueless, the whole movie, especially the red Alaia dress.

Finally, maybe it's too obvious, but aside from perfection it's just too bad-to-the-bone sexy: Marilyn Monroe in the beaded Jean Louis showstopper singing "Happy Birthday Mr. President."

Unexpected windfall! What do you buy?  

Right now I want to buy Alexander Wang Chelsea boots, a custom fit moto jacket from Tania Martins and I still want the chili pepper bustier top and circle skirt from D&G last summer.

Heels or flats?

I suppose I'm 50/50 on this. It really just depends on my mood, and whether or not my feet are swollen.

Will you suffer for fashion or should it be comfortable? Is there an occasion that you will break this rule?

Ha, generally speaking I feel I suffer for fashion enough, I mean I do work freelance in this industry. I don't personally think that you should be uncomfortable in an outfit, it will show… Now, if you have a great poker-face, which I don't, and can suffer in silence, by all means, go for it.

Always stylish or does even fashion need to take a break? Any exceptions?

Fashion does not sleep, which is why YSL invented Touche Eclat.

Team Anna (Wintour) or Team Carine (Roitfeld)?

Team Franca Sozzani.

Author's Note: Heather Clawson