If you're still pondering the decades-old question ''Who wears short shorts?'' (and who isn't?), the answer is here: L.A. denizens Brittany Murphy and Jessica Simpson are among those who have gone gaga over '60s-inspired Rebecca Beeson hot pants. At $48 a pop, the limited-edition terry-cloth shorts come in bold colors and are known for their particularly flattering fit. Says San Francisco-based Beeson, who was inspired by a long-legged friend: ''They give great butt -- they give a little lift. But the rear doesn't hang out.'' We're thankful for small blessings.