Usually stars favour denim shorts when the temperatures rise, but certain celebrities have upped the ante by wearing dressier and ultimately sexier hot pants.

Seen on the Spring 2011 runways at Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, MaxMara and PPQ this sizzling trend isn’t for the shy at heart, but we can all take inspiration from the following fearless fashionistas.

Baring a lot of skin isn’t news to Beyonce who took to the stage at Glastonbury wearing an Alexandre Vauthier Fall 2010 Couture dress which was short enough to reveal black hot pants.

Speaking of Beyonce, at her album launch party singer Paloma Faith took inspiring from the diva by donning Louis Vuitton Spring 2011 black and gold lace hot pants.

Paloma played up the costume-aspect of the hot pants by pairing it with a nude, gold and silver embellished top, skin-coloured fishnet tights and a navy feathered headpiece.

Poppy Delevigne demonstrated how to work this look in a more elegant way by wearing an incredibly chic, grey tweed ensemble from Chanel’s Spring 2011 collection.

Fergie’s turned heads in her Louis Vuitton Fall 2011 look which included black hot pants. One would say this was too much for a Gala dinner in Paris, but if anyone can work this look it’s Fergie.

These celebrities showed us that the key to pulling off this look is confidence.

If you don’t feel entirely comfortable wearing hot pants, then add a pair of skin-coloured tights like Beyonce and Paloma or black tights like Fergie.

It’s also best to follow the simple rule of if you’re going to show off one part of your body, then be sure to cover the rest.

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