03.09.2012 Marielle


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.

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Marielle Hi! My name is Marielle Hayes and I am a photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area. I love to travel, bargain hunt and spend time with my husband, our daughter and our Boston Terrier. Enjoy my blog and leave me some comments to let me know what you think!

Comments (3)

  1. Marielle,

    I’m sure you are ROCKING those green & white tie-dye pants. You’re right where a fashion rebel should be–leading the charge!
    Loved this piece.


  2. Jordan

    I want to see these pants!! You better show those bad boys off at the clothing exchange on Monday (I can’t wait by the way!)

  3. Marielle, something that I love about you, is you are SO you no matter what! Keep it up and rock those green & white tie-dye pants! Thanks for sharing this piece and for being an example to us all.


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