Independence Day is, among other things, an opportunity to gather with family and friends to celebrate love for Jamaica. But with this patriotic holiday comes what can be a fashion lover's biggest nightmare: the idea of being limited to a specific colour palette. Not sure how to manoeuvre this? No worries; Tuesday Style Fashion (TSF), with the help of fashion designer Tamia Carey Francis, is here to show you how!
Rounding up a few ensembles from her eponymous clothing line for an Independence Day collection, Carey-Francis shared, "2022 is a significant year in Jamaica's history and political development. It marks the 60th anniversary of our Independence. Our journey thus far has been marked by struggles and challenges, but being the indomitable and resilient people we are, we have risen to be a force to be reckoned with. According to the adage 'We lickle but we tallawah,' and milestones such as the ones we now observe, [these] deserve to be celebrated. My stylish and sophisticated yet easy-breezy collection, aptly labelled Born Free, was created with the fun-loving divas in mind."
On another note, celebrating freedom also means liberating oneself from cliché. So, getting ready for an Independence Day fête, dinner or the National Grand Gala, which returns this year, doesn't mean draping yourself in the colours of the Jamaican flag.
Carey-Francis's edit features the new Chikita top, elegant and alluring dresses and show-stopping Ankara print dashiki minidresses for the woman who is culturally aware and bold enough to embrace her African heritage. Plus, signature bags and slides from her clothing line, reimagined for Jamaica 60, are must-haves.
"No outfit is complete without a stylish handbag and we have a wide range to suit every personality. If you want to stand out from the crowd and be a step above the ordinary, then you will definitely need to rock the Handmade TC handbag which also complements the limited-edition Jamaica 60 fabric slides."
The Tamia Carey Collection
11 1/2 Ardenne Rd, Kingston
Photos: Courtesy of Tamia Carey
Models: Tamia Carey Francis and Anyees Taylor