(Newser) – We all know that runway styles don’t necessary translate to real life. So do the super-short shorts—OK, hotpants—that designers are churning out (check out a slideshow here) fall into the for-models-only category? Or can a mere mortal actually pull them off? StyleList staffer Lindsey Schickner took to the streets of New York in a pair of Dolce & Gabbana “butt huggers” to find out. Her verdict: Best for the young, fit, and famous.

And even better for the old if fanciful and alert…like me.  Nice sights to marvel at while strolling along, singing a song, through this town’s ephemeral reality; an atmosphere that’s quite exhilarating, despite one’s better judgment.