07/04/2012 06:50 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

31 Reasons Why Shorts For Evening Make Total Sense (PHOTOS)

Shorts are a hot topic around here. Whether or not it's appropriate to wear them to the office, how short they can (or should) be and how necessary they are when one is in picnic mode.

The oh-so-versatile wardrobe staple has another iteration: Evening wear. We recently saw Zoe Saldana out and about in a pair of leather hot pants and were intrigued. Then there's pop stars like Rihanna and Nicki Minaj who love to prance around the stage in blinged-out shorts.

They got us thinking that of course we should wear fancy pants for a night out. They are perfect for this hot weather, and since they're shorts, they're kinda modest (this is a prime example of fashionista logic). They even transition into winter: Add a pair of opaque tights and a jacket and they're now an all-season item.

Check out our roundup of 11 pairs of fancy pants for under $100, as well as 31 stars who wear sweet shorts whether it's day or night.

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