They can be made of a variety of materials. A stretchy material allows them to be extremely tight. Many people like the effect of a shiny or satin material. They may have rear pockets, but ideally they should be too tight to put much in the pockets.
Hot pants is a 1920s phrase originally meaning strong sexual desire; it thus came to mean "a sexually eager woman". The shorts became popular in the 1970s as a development of the miniskirt, and were given the name "hotpants" by Womens Wear Daily. The fashion has waxed and waned, but has remained popular among prostitutes and cheerleaders.
- Jonathon Green, Dictionary of Slang (Cassell, 1998)
- Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase and Fable, 2nd ed. (2006)