Miroslava Duma

Showing us the importance of proportion in this top and pant ensemble.

Showing us the importance of proportion in this top and pant ensemble.

As one of the Russian It Girls and perhaps their unofficial leader, street style darling Miroslava Duma is more than just a pretty face with gorgeous clothes.  Although these are the first things you see when photos of this pint-sized fashionista pop up online and in social media, further probing shows that she is also a brainy, ambitious, philanthropic woman who aims to make the world a more positive place for those who need it most. With a masters degree in International Business and administration under her (designer) belt, she founded Buro 24/7, a digital news and lifestyle website making everything from fashion events, celebrity recipes and news about the arts among others, accessible under one roof.

Her style can best be described as whimsical, daring, somewhat unorthodox but always has one unifying factor: impeccable fit–a tricky premise when dressing such a petite frame.  Most Filipinas can relate to this dilemma–me included–and upon my first sighting of Mira, I immediately had an epiphany: it IS possible to look longer, leaner and taller just by having the right-fitting garments.  And this not only applies to pant and skirt hems but to blouses, jackets, scarves, bags and shoes as well.  Mira can very well be the poster girl for us petites and I’m so glad she’s getting the recognition she deserves while we reap the benefits of body type acceptance and looking sensational while at it. Here are her most memorable looks, in my opinion. Feel free to share your thoughts, too!

All images from the world wide web.

How to do dress over pants on a tiny frame.

How to do dress over pants on a tiny frame.

The right hem for a shift dress.

The right hem for a shift dress and how to cut the leg at just the right place.

How to elongate legs by way of the exaggerated pant hem.

How to elongate legs by way of the exaggerated pant hem.

How to wear matchy-matchy prints without overwhelming.

How to wear matchy-matchy prints without overwhelming.

Another type of dress hem that works with the whole ensemble. Note the platform shoes for added height.

Another type of dress hem that works with the whole ensemble. Note the platform shoes for added height.

Masking the bump with all black and a bright print.

Masking the bump with all black and a bright print.

Leather and distressed denim for the vertically challenged calls for the right fit and footwear.

Leather and boyfriend jeans for the vertically challenged calls for the right fit and footwear.

Mixing textures with neutrals.

Mixing textures with neutrals. The peep-toe shoes make a world of difference!

The art of color blocking done perfectly.

The art of color blocking done perfectly.

How to work a jumpsuit in a loose and flimsy fabric.

How to work a jumpsuit in a loose and flimsy fabric.

Monochromatic and a relaxed silhouette is pulled together by a modern metal belt.

Monochromatic and a relaxed silhouette is pulled together by a modern metal belt.

How to wear white while pregnant: keep everything fitted and free of frou frou.

How to wear white while pregnant: keep everything fitted and free of frou frou.

How big prints don't overwhelm a tiny frame: keep everything else in one colorway.

How big prints don’t overwhelm a tiny frame: keep everything else in one colorway.

Pregnancy Chic 101: belt the dress at just the right place.

Pregnancy Chic 101: belt the dress at just the right place.

Casual cool and comfortable while pregnant and working the shows.

Casual cool and comfortable while pregnant and working the shows.

 

 

 

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