If you love leggings you’ll love this post about how to wear ponte pants, which are a little different to leggings but in a good way.
It’s true, Ponte Pants teamed up with a stunning top can make you look a million dollars – without spending a million. But first, Lifestylers let’s look at some of the questions you’ve asked surrounding this special breed of pant.
What are Ponte Pants? What are Ponte Leggings? What are Ponte Trousers?
Are they different? Well no, they’re basically all one and the same thing.
- They’re designed to fit and flatter your shape.
- Ponte Pants are a mixture of leggings, trousers and skinny jeans all rolled into one.
- You won’t have to spend ages in the changing room trying to find the right fit as you might perhaps with skinny jeans.
- They’re a sort of legging hybrid, made from a double knit process.
- They might be called ponte leggings or ponte trousers as well as ponte pants.
- They’re firmer than leggings because of the double knit process.
- They’re tighter fitting in the leg and around the bottom than normal trousers.
- They’re not restrictive like skinny jeans can sometimes be.
Personally, I can’t live without my ponte pants.
Plus, for the win, they are machine washable and don’t need ironing.
What does Ponte mean?
Ponte pants definition, as such, really refers to the fabric. It’s a thick double knit fabric with a two way stretch.
Ponte is also starting to crop up not only in pants but also skirts and jackets, and can be spelt ponte or ponti.
Tip: Buy your ponte pants in a firm fit (definitely not loose) as the fabric should mould to your body shape, firm your thighs and lift up your butt, as well as holding any wobbly bits in at the same time.
Ponte Pants for Work
Ponte Pants are more suitable for work than leggings as they give you more cover and they’re firmer fitting. They’re thicker, and so they hide a multitude of sins.
Some of you might find you can even wear them with tops which don’t cover your butt, but most of us will need a longer top – try them with a smock top or a well cut long length blouse.
Often ponte pants are sewn in panels which flatter your figure, and give a tailored shape, making them more work appropriate.
They’re very comfortable as all-day work wear (providing the waist band is not too tight) as they really do stretch with your every move.
Ponte Pants vs Leggings
Many people have said to me, “But aren’t pontes the same as leggings?”
Leggings are a lightweight version of Ponte Pants, and I think should only be worn on casual occasions and always with a long top or tunic because generally they will show off more of your silhouette.
Leggings are not tailored in the same way pontes are, and don’t have the same firm hold either.
Yes, they can accentuate lumps and bumps and yes, they can have us looking like mutton dressed up as lamb if we’re not careful.
But leggings worn with the right top can be an easy wear addition to your more casual wardrobe.
Ponte Pants are really like jeggings, leggings, and skinny jeans all rolled into one.
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How to wear Ponte Pants
I think any type of tight fitting garments should be balanced with clothes which draw the eye towards a part of your anatomy which you think is most appealing.
Now if you’ve got great legs and a great arse then how to wear ponte pants becomes easy – because perhaps you can get away with wearing ponte pants with just a T-shirt tucked into the top.
But not me, no siree. I need to cover a few things up.
So today I thought I’d put together some different looks using just one pair of Ponte pants with various tops and jackets from my own wardrobe, and then give you an inexpensive online resource where you can ‘Get the Look’ and some great ideas about how to wear ponte pants day or night.
What to wear with Ponte Pants
Wearing tight fitting clothes is always a conundrum especially as we get older. Yes, they can accentuate lumps and bumps and Yes, they can have us looking like mutton dressed up as lamb if we’re not careful, but also if they have some stretch in them and if they hold us in, then generally we are winning.
Ponte Pants are especially apt in this case because they firm and flatter your legs and can be worn with a long length top making them an adorable addition to your wardrobe.
Wear them with a floaty top for a hippy look.
Wear them with a tailored shirt for a more formal look.
Who’s to say you can’t wear Ponte Pants with a short jacket? I know I know, some of you are thinking about the small fact of arse cover, but what if yu put on a longer length T shirt that comes down over your bum and hides any nasty camel’s toes at the front too (sorry girls, it has to be said.)
How to wear Ponte Pants with a jacket
I like the black t-shirt with a bit of bling worn underneath the cropped pink jacket I’m wearing below, because it gives a longer, more slimming line, but I also like a bit of glamour so the bling detail fits well and a pop of colour with the jacket to brighten the whole thing up (my jacket was from Marks and Spencers). The items on the right hand side of the picture are from Millers.
Get the Look – RHS – Waterfall boucle jacket, butterfly graphic 3/4 Tee, Ponte Pants from Millers.
How to wear Ponte Pants with a Kaftan Top
So let’s mix things up a bit more. Why not wear the pants on their own with a loose fitting but contrasting kaftan style blouse? This look gives you a more summery look but with lots of tummy space – great for eating out You could wear flat ballet pumps or black sandals if the weather was warm. I’m wearing Amy mid wedge boots also from Millers .
And then for colder days you could cover the kaftan top with a longer jacket or cardigan.
Or add a mid-tone kaftan mostly in monochrome and that gorgeous bright red melton jacket from Millers below, along with the black Amy boots I’m wearing in the pictures above.
Ponte pants with ankle boots look great. I love FRANKiE4 leather ankle boots which are stylish and comfortable – they’re designed by a podiatrist.
You could also wear longer boots with them in winter, or perhaps FRANKiE4 sneakers (so on trend). For evening wear, if you can, wear them with stilettos or wedges.
Ponte Pants with a long T shirt and short jacket
For a more casual winter look you could layer things and wear the pants with a loose fitting longer T-shirt, and a short length jacket with longer boots to match the colour of the jacket. Or ditch the jacket and add a more comfy loose fitting jumper with a bit of swing to the bottom, and include a soft pashmina to wrap around your shoulders against the chill.
And be bold with colour. Sure you could just as well wear a black coat over the look below, but look how colour brightens the whole shaboodle up.
A sparkly scarf with some complementing colours is another versatile winter addition to jazz up a grey wintery day.
Have you a pair of black ponte pants in your wardrobe – what do you wear them with? If you don’t have a pair, why not grab a pair and start experimenting?
You’ll find a whole heap of different Ponte Pants to buy Here.Best Ponte Pants for Women
I hope you’ve enjoyed these wardrobe tips today 🙂 Please note prices I’ve mentioned are subject to change, but were correct at time of going to press.
You might also like this post about Ponte Pants too. See how much I love them!
If you’re going out in the sun, don’t forget to wear a hat with your ponte pant outfit.
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I love wearing tight pants which hold me in and I love my stretchy Ponte pants from Millers which are so versatile and provide me with lots of different looks teemed with tops and jackets from my existing wardrobe.
Lifestyle Fifty reader, Karin sent in a request which read : “Would love to see an autumn / winter fashion update for the not so wintery states ( Brisbane QLD ). You always look fabulous and I have taken many of your tips on board. Also heading to Europe again in July so any on trend fashion tips would be appreciated.”
Well, for travelling Karin, I don’t think you can beat comfort as the base requirement so stretchy pants are great for planes, trains and buses. For a not-so-cold winter’s day they are also good because you can wear them with ballet pumps or boots, and it it’s warm then team them with a floaty kaftan rather than a jacket.
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