February 25, 2010

Hot Pants & Tap Pants: Trends on Fire

Lingerie, hot pants and continuously shorter hem lines make their mark on the fashion industry this spring. If only it were warm enough to venture outside! Irregardless, tinsy hot pants shorts are a new must have, and consequently the talk of the town. Fashionising.com has the word on hot pants, including ten tips on how to wear them-
1.* Look for a negative hemline: the hemline of your hot pants ought to curve up the outer thigh. Around the back it needs to at least follow the shape of your derriere. Some styles will curve up the thigh and the cheeks, revealing what we hope is a perfectly toned bum; we implore that such a cut be kept for the evenings
2.* Wear hot pants only with heels, unless your name happens to be Gisele Bundchen, Natasha Poly, or you happen to be employed by Victoria's Secret for the job of 'Angel'. Heels will slim out your figure, and give shape to both your legs and derriere

To check out all ten tips, visit their site at fashionising.com. However, while we absolutely love this trend on the runway, it's not meant for everyone and you must be confident in your bod to rock this trend. I think hot pants will resurface more prominently in the summer months around May/June, when high-waisted (or barely there) shorts, heels and a crop top will be the perfect going out look.

As for tap pants, I'm thoroughly excited about these shorts! I'm lucky my birthday's in March because I'm ready to treat myself to a few pairs! I especially love the ruffled hem on John Partick's, Organic line and simply adore Brian Reyes innovative take on the trend (abstract patterns and unique layering concepts).

Don't forget to check out Alice and Olivia and Urban Outfitter's shorts too! I am obsessed with Alice and Olivia's metallic cady cuff short.


  1. I love Brian's take on this as well!

  2. The Brian Reyes hot pants were my faves on this take also. He really took a trend that could be trashy and made it sophisticated and chic

  3. agreed...a designer that constantly produces modern pieces with a timeless air