Happy Independence, Antigua and Barbuda!

Today marks 30 years of independence for my country, Antigua and Barbuda, after breaking away from Britain in 1981. Every year around this time, the entire country engages in celebrations throughout the islands consisting of competitions, parades, expos, and food fairs. The National Dress (shown below) is worn by many on this day in its original form and in different variations. The dress is one of the national symbols and was designed by local artist and designer, Heather Doram. It consists of a madras dress with a white apron over it, and it is worn with pride by all. Unfortunately, I wasn’t home to join in on the festivities, but I celebrated today in my own little way.


My outfit, like many, was inspired by the National Dress. The handbag and flower pin were made locally in Antigua out of the madras cloth, and I chose to accentuate the orange and red aspects. I wore a mustard skirt and accessorized with the red shoes that I bought, here. It’s times like these that I get homesick and miss my family, but I plan on travelling home sometime next year. For my non-Caribbean readers, don’t worry. I will definitely share with everyone what island life is all about 😉 In the mean time, visit The Gem of the Caribbean on this blog to learn more about my home.

Keeping it Classy,


  1. November 2, 2011 / 2:45 am

    Happy Independence Sis! Love the combo!

  2. November 2, 2011 / 3:20 am

    u got to wear the shoes!

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