Sarah Harbaugh with an important public service announcement:

The Score:

Back in January, Sarah Harbaugh, the wife of San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, spoke out about her husband’s love of pleated khaki pants.

Now, she’s teaming up with Dockers to put an end to an epidemic affecting countless men around the world: Dad Pants.

“I was there,” Sarah Harbaugh says in a PSA-style commercial for Dockers’ line of flat-front pants. “My handsome, successful football coach of a husband suddenly looked like he had hung the curtains from his belt.”

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  1. stonetools says:

    Well, my wife loves pleated pants, so there:-).

  2. CSK says:

    Better Dad Pants than those heinous “business” suits with short pants.

  3. What are we supposed to wear instead?

  4. CSK says:

    @Stormy Dragon:


  5. Moosebreath says:

    @Stormy Dragon:

    “What are we supposed to wear instead?”

    Mom pants? Granny pants? Kids pants?

  6. Mr. Prosser says:

    Keep on saggin’ and baggin’, it’s comfy.

  7. JohnMcC says:

    Is no one going to speak up for kilts?

  8. James Joyner says:

    @Stormy Dragon: Pants that fit and have been in style within the past 15 years.

  9. Franklin says:

    @Stormy Dragon:Fear not, I have your answer:

    Short shorts!

  10. @James Joyner:

    1. My pleated khakis fit fine.
    2. The fact so many people still wear them would suggest that they ARE still in style.

  11. Mikey says:

    @Stormy Dragon:

    The fact so many people still wear them would suggest that they ARE still in style.

    It suggests they don’t know any better. Those things don’t look good on anyone. In the past, mens’ pants were tailored with much higher waists than today, so pleats looked good. Today we wear pants lower on our hips and that makes the extra fabric in the pleats balloon out and look, as Mrs. Harbaugh so aptly states, like you’ve hung the curtains from your belt.

    If you’re going to wear khakis, do yourself a huge fashion favor and get yourself some decent flat-fronts.

  12. @Mikey:

    NEVER! Flat fronts are boring!

  13. Mikey says:

    @Stormy Dragon: Maybe boring, but boring beats looking like you’re wearing a diaper under them.

  14. Ol' Nat says:

    @Stormy Dragon:

    The fact so many people still wear them would suggest that they ARE still in style.

    The fact that so many people still wear them suggests that we are still strong in the face of changing trends! Or that we don’t give a damn—they still fit, and don’t have stains yet…

    I think that a woman wearing just out-of-date fashions would lose many more points than a man. They keep trying to drag us on to the fashion treadmill. RESIST!!!

  15. bill says:

    @Stormy Dragon: dungarees or cargo shorts!