When my mom was in High School, she wore a pair of Levi’s jeans to school. Surrounded by her classmates who were wearing dresses & skirts, there she was in all of her 1970′s glory: bellbottom jeans, most likely a flowered, ruffly shirt & Farrah Fawcett hair. I’m positive she looked amazing. The only problem was that jeans weren’t allowed at school. The principal called her to his office, DROVE HER to her house & waited in his car while she changed out of her jeans. I always loved hearing that story from my mom…I remember thinking, “What a rebel! Wearing JEANS to school!”
Flash forward to a few years ago when I worked in the Marketing Department for a residential Real Estate company. The company has a no jeans policy for their employees. BUT they never had a no tie-dye pant policy!! I have this darling pair of pale green & white tie-dye pants. They sound ugly but I promise they are totally adorable. One Monday morning I decided to wear my darling pale green tie-dye pants to work (with a white blazer & heels so it seemed more professional, obviously). My boss called me on the phone & asked me to see him in his office. I knew I was in trouble. We stood in front of a floor length mirror, side by side. He said to me, “What’s the difference between what I’m wearing & what you are wearing?” I replied, “You are wearing a business suit & I am wearing something with more…texture & color.” He explained that he looked like he was going to work in a professional office & that I looked like I was going to a rock concert. And just like my mom back in the 70′s, I was asked to go home & change.
Flash forward a few years…I am working from home at my dream job. Photographing engagements, weddings & people’s lives. I am sitting in my home office with the windows open while I work & once again I am wearing my pale green tie-dye pants. Unapologetically. While I won’t be wearing my tie dye pants to any weddings, I will be wearing them in my office…listening to the Led Zeppelin & Aerosmith all day while I work. It’s a simple pleasure, but a pleasure nonetheless. And while this photograph has nothing to do with pants, it has me looking forward to a fun weekend with my two favorite people, my wonderful husband & darling daughter. Both of whom LOVE my tie-dye pants.