When the radio show was commenting on Harbaugh’s lack of fashion, Sarah Harbaugh felt compelled to call into the station to explain the following to the radio hosts. “I will not take the blame for his outfits. I’ve thrown them away many of times. I’ve asked him ‘Please, pleats are gone. Wear the flat front.’ He has a flattering body. The thing is, he just doesn’t care.”
I contacted Amy Roseveare, a good friend who also happens to be one of the top wardrobe stylists in the San Francisco Bay Area, to get her opinion on the issue. Her reaction to the pleated pants left no doubt. “Pleated pants are OUT! Especially since he has a nice physique, he should definitely be in flat front khakis. It’s more flattering, and it would give him a much younger vibe. He could purchase a nice pair khakis (like Facconable at Nordstrom) for about $175.00. I’m sure there are other brands that would be a bit less.”
This begs the following question. Currently in the middle of a contract worth $25 million, Harbaugh can buy any type of pants he wants. The question is, should he be a slave to what the fashion industry says is “in style” just because he makes a lot of money? With the success he’s had, it’s obvious that what he wears has absolutely no effect on how he coaches the 49ers or how successful he’s at his job.
I for one am cheering Harbaugh’s frugality, and especially the fact that “he just doesn’t care.” In fact, I like his pleated pants all the more knowing that they’re going against what the fashion industry is saying he should buy at this particular moment in time. People would have a lot more money in their pockets (albeit, “unfashionable” pockets) if they paid less attention to the latest fashion trends and bought what works well for them.
I think it’s too bad that the focus is about his lack of fashion sense instead of how he’s being financially smart for not buying things he doesn’t feel he needs. Why buy a $175 pair of khakis when an $8 pair of pants works great for him? Yes, he can afford the $175 pair of khakis without any problem, but just because he can afford them, does that really mean that he should buy them? In the end, he’s comfortable with what he’s wearing and that’s all that really should matter.
What’s your opinion? Is Jim Harbaugh being too frugal by purchasing $8 pants when he makes million each year? Or is he exhibiting good financial sense in not spending a lot of money for things that really don’t matter much to him?