Signature Style: Rihanna Loves Hot Pants

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Ever since their official runway debut in 1971, hot pants have rocked the world of fashion. Every gal (even the likes of Jackie O) ran to get a pair of the shocking leg-baring shorts. While their popularity may have waned over the decades, they have officially made a comeback.

High-waisted mini-shorts have flooded the runways, infiltrating collections of even the most sophisticated designers like Louis Vuitton and Jason Wu. Stars like Beyonce and Selena Gomez love the sassy trend, but no one has embraced the flashy style quite like Rihanna. From denim cut-offs to neon knits and shimmering leather, it's safe to say sexy short shorts are officially her signature.
 
Rihanna in Rihanna Films a Music Video in NY
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For her "What's My Name?" music video featuring Drake, Rihanna paired her black corset top with a colorful pair of super short shorts. A striped blazer and vibrant red locks added a zany touch to the ensemble, while sweet oxfords countered the brazen look.
Rihanna in Rihanna Performs in New York City's Times Square
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On stage, Rihanna loves to work what her momma gave her. The perfect way to do that? In a pair of high-waisted hot pants, of course. For her MTV performance in Time Square, the pop diva stepped out in a multicolored jacket and yellow-trimmed booty shorts.
Rihanna in Rihanna Performing On
(FlynetPictures.com)The pop princess continually amps up the seductive shock factor by blurring the lines between lingerie and shorts. For her performance on the Today show, the songstress channeled a '40s pin-up girl by teaming her victory rolls and nautical tee with risque bottoms.
Rihanna in Rihanna Performs at the V Festival
(Bauer Griffin)On stage at the V Festival, Rihanna went rocker-chic in a pair of high-waisted iridescent leather shorts and tough black ankle boots. A denim tie-top and chunky jewelry completed her stylish ensemble.
Rihanna in Stars at 'Rock in Rio'
(Bauer Griffin)Rihanna showed her stripes at her Rock in Rio performance in a red nautical bustier and a pair of matching navy short shorts. Subtle fishnets and gold jewelry were her accessories of choice.
Rihanna in Rihanna leaves Nozomi Restaurant in London
(Pacific Coast News)Most recently, the starlet was spotted in London rocking an eclectic ensemble consisting of high-waisted patriotic denim shorts and a fur-clad jean jacket. The stylish pop star paired her starred and striped Topshop hot pants with statement stockings and black patent platforms.

Want to dare to wear hot pants like Rihanna?
Follow these tips for success:

1. Tights are your best friend! You'll never see Ri-Ri step out in a pair of these bad boys without wearing nylons, fishnets or opaque stockings.
2. Balance is key. If you're going to reveal a lot of leg, balance the look with a jacket or long-sleeve tee.
3. Don't go too short! Let's be real, we aren't all endowed with the lack of cellulite and enviable derriere that the pop princess has. Take some notes from Nicole Richie and Jessica Alba on how to wear short shorts without being over-exposed.

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