Originally Posted by LA Guy
I guess that I can see the part about the pockets being a little too far to the sides. I know that this is just a personal preference, but I'm not a huge fan of Lee repros for precisely this reason.
However, the pockets being too low comment is just off. Those back pockets are actually set reasonably high compared to a lot of other jeans back pockets. No one except for Kevin Costner and people who you might suspect of admiring Kevin Costner wears jeans with higher back pockets. Well, I guess that real cowboys might be the exception. In any case, for men's jeans, the back pockets are designed to sit low in the back. This is one of the things that a lot of higher end conservative brands who have no history of making jeans (see Zegna and Borrelli) screw up when they try. Other issues aside, the back pockets are set way, way too high, especially with the typically higher rise of those jeans, making the viewer (whether consciously or unconsciously,) do a double take and observe "Those jeans do not look right somehow." Of course, the people who would wear Borrelli jeans are blissfully unaware that they just paid $400+ to look stupid, not unlike the guys wearing a full zip BAPE "shark" hoodie who think that they look the business as well.
That's opinion from a denimhead and not necessarily a typical perspective on the street. (If the jeans have high pockets and fit snugly on the rear, then, yes, the typical observer might think, on some level, it's a man built like a woman.)
The pair of jeans posted flatters one part while making another look bad. That is strange. Anti-fit, relaxed fit, slim fit - they are meant to be consistent. Unmodified, the pair likely wouldn't raise eyebrows, but the slimmer legs and horizontal position of the pockets draw attention to the pockets' extending beyond the behind. ("Fabulous fit" is about mimicking the ideal body, or dictating an ideal by the shape of the clothes. An ideal body doesn't have a butt that, compared to the legs, is disproportionately small and lumpy. And highlighting just the butt, just the breasts, etc., is never right.) Inevitably, someone will point to another picture showing the same thing, but "what is" does not equal "what ought to be."
Also, to digress, negative associations with higher pockets on high-waisted jeans worn by middle-aged men probably have a lot to do with physical characteristics of middle-aged men, i.e., there's nothing inherently wrong with higher pockets.
Apologies to the original poster for turning the discussion into this.