Jeanette Delgado: The Miami City Ballet Principal Channels South Beach Style

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Outside class and rehearsal, Jeanette Delgado sports a laid-back look. But she rarely goes without a pop of pattern or color—a boho touch inspired by her Miami roots. “Growing up here is a part of me," she says. “The weather, the lifestyle. I'm a mix of all that." Delgado's biggest fashion agenda is lengthening her petite 5' 2" frame: Pancaked shoes and full-length tights elongate her line inside the studio, while outside, high-waisted shorts give the illusion that she's all legs. Her secret to adding a few inches of height? She sometimes buys dresses that are too long and hides heels underneath.


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The Details—Street

Sunglasses: “I love big, funky sunglasses. I buy cheap ones from ALDO or Urban Outfitters because I won't worry, not if, but when, I lose them."

Top: “It's so hot in Miami. Billowy silhouettes keep you cool."

Anthropologie jewelry: “I keep jewelry super-simple, but I always have an accent ring or small bracelets on."

Steve Madden wedge sneakers: “These are the perfect combo of comfort, height and style."


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The Details—Studio

Red Yumiko leotard: “I like to wear something to go with what I'm rehearsing: West Side Story Suite and Don Quixote."

Skirt: “My friend and former MCB dancer Abigail Mentzer makes these. Everyone in our company wears them."

Body Wrappers/Angelo Luzio tights: “I wear my tights inside my shoes. Being familiar with that sensation is one less thing to worry about when I get onstage."

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