By Cait Munro
When Maria Dueñas Jacobs founded Super Smalls, a jewelry and accessories line for kids, in 2019, she had her three young daughters in mind. “They always gushed over my jewelry and begged to play dress up with my pieces. Luna, who was five years old at the time, was the one to really set the idea in motion when she said, ‘Mommy, I’ll stop playing with your things if you find me something just as beautiful!’ It was an aha moment,” she shares. The Miami native and former Elle accessories director has a “serious soft spot for all things sparkly,” which means Miu Miu and Gucci rank high on her list of must-shop brands.
How would you describe your sense of style?
Investing in classic pieces is important to me, with a feeling of tailored comfort. My style ranges from boyish looks, to ultra-feminine florals and dresses in warmer weather. Fit and quality are always top-of-mind. Whenever I don’t know what to wear, I lean on my favorite fabric: denim! I love a Canadian tuxedo.
01.Stella McCartney tie-dye denim jacket.
Beauty products you can’t live without?
Estee Lauder eyebrow pencil and Lune & Aster mascara.
What’s your favorite thing to do with your children when you’re in Miami?
We spend as much time outside as possible. Whether it’s the beach or the pool, the girls love the water! They’re just so psyched to spend the entire day barefoot, in bathing suits, and accessorizing like mermaids.
Jewelry item you can’t seem to take off?
Rings! I feel completely naked without them. I tend to prefer a stack of chunky yellow gold rings.
Must-have bag for the spring season?
I would get a new Chanel bag each season if I could! They are heirlooms that I can pass on to my girls someday, right?
02.Chanel flap bag.
Favorite purchase of the past few months?
I recently purchased a yellow cashmere sweater from Loro Piana that is the exact shade of our Super Smalls yellow! Such a fun everyday piece that is cozy and reminds me of the happiness that inspires our own brand.
03.Loro Piana Leyton roundneck sweater.
What are some of your favorite childrenswear brands and what makes them special?
I love to mix high and low, which is similar to my personal style. Zara and Gap are go-tos, with a sprinkling of Mini Rodini and Bonpoint. And, of course, my girls love to over-accessorize with Super Smalls to assert their creative, independent and sparkle-loving styles!
Are there any specific S/S 2022 collections that really spoke to you?
I adore Miu Miu. I’m constantly inspired by what my favorite designers are putting out each season, and Miuccia Prada never disappoints.
04.A look from Miu Miu’s Spring/Summer collection.
What accessory trends are you gravitating towards right now?
For jewelry, I continue to build out my hoop collection—I think hoops instantly boost any outfit. When it comes to shoes, I’m guilty of participating in the “ugly shoe” trend. I love a chunky flat that contrasts with my more feminine looks; t’s all about the juxtaposition.
05.Jennifer Fisher hoops, available at Intermix.
Shoes you’ll be wearing on repeat this spring?
Gucci’s pool slides are my go-to, they’re so light and easy. For dressing up, I love sandals or pumps from Bottega Veneta.
06.Bottega Veneta Tower pumps