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What is Ponte Knit?

If you have not heard of this fabulous fabric, this post should help give you a little insight on ponte. (pon-tee)

Two years ago I found a great black pencil skirt by BCBG at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. I was quite enamored with it because immediately I noticed there was some “give”. I could actually move and sit comfortably in a pencil skirt. It became a favorite.

Here is one current available option in ponte. This skirt is awesome and comes in a variety of colors.

Shortly thereafter I found those Michael Kors pants that I’ve raved about over and over. They’re still available.

NYDJ has some great options as well.

So what exactly is ponte? It’s a combination of RAYON, POLYESTER and SPANDEX. For all of you out there who love natural fabrics,you may want to click off of this post right now. Hear me out. Ponte holds its shape because the fabric is tightly woven. It travels well, doesn’t fade and is super comfortable. For some, it may feel too “polyesterish”. I get that. It’s been a lifesaver for me when I put on a few extra pounds. I’ve recommended it to many clients as well. I consider it to be chic polyester!

This fall, CABI (Carol Anderson by Invitation) has more ponte garments than ever. If you are not familiar with CABI, you should be able to find a consultant close to you on their site. If you are local, I can direct you. Note the last photo is a boot cut pant–and you don’t see this cut in ponte very often. It’s the best pair of pants!

Now that you’re in the know, the next time you are out shopping, ask the salesperson to direct you to PONTE. Most things will NOT be marked ponte knit per se, you need to look at the fabric content: Rayon, Polyester and Spandex.

If you own something or have tried on this great fabric, I would love to hear from you. What do you think?

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  • Heather

    Karen this is so funny, I just purchased a dress with this fabric and love it, great information!

    October 28, 2011 at 6:14 pm Reply
  • Karen at Little Red House Designs

    I am wearing my new Ponte Knit pencil skirt today and I forgot how fun it was to wear a skirt! SO comfy and stylish!
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    November 1, 2011 at 8:48 am Reply
    • Karen

      Awesome! I love skirts/boots!

      November 1, 2011 at 6:47 pm Reply
  • Lori McGowan

    Thanks for posting this information on ponte knit. I just ordered some ponte knit boot cut pants and was curious what the fabric will be like. After reading your post, I think I am going to enjoy these pants!

    September 1, 2012 at 6:48 am Reply
  • Christy Wiseman

    We just got back from Tucson where I visited the Chico store there and bought
    two so slimming ponte 5 pocket pants; one in black and one in brown. I LOVE THEM.
    They have such nice give and even my husband says they look great. I wanted to
    get them (I take “short” 2.5s) in the ink color, but they didn’t have them and I couldn’t
    find that size online either. Darn! I can’t recommend this fabric enough. I love to
    quilt so you KNOW I love cotton – but not on my butt or hips where I need a little
    give! By the way the Tucson Chico’s store is the best Chico’s store I’ve ever visited,
    just in case you’re in the area.

    October 31, 2013 at 12:46 pm Reply
  • Sheryl

    Hi Karen,You look like a very nice dresser.I was on ebay looking for some warmer scrub bottoms and came across this ponte knit.What IS THIS, I thought,so I googled of course!AND so I found you.I too need a little give. So glad I found UR website.Thanks…

    January 10, 2014 at 5:02 pm Reply
  • Aija Howard

    I found some fabulous ponte knit dresses on Lands End. I was like WOW – didn’t expect dresses from them and very clean lines and even prints! Your website is RIGHT ON…you go, girl!!!

    September 14, 2016 at 6:19 am Reply
  • Terry

    I have a pair of ponte pants that I purchased in Naples FL about 15 years ago, what a classic. Still in great shape very versatile. I recommend this pant to everyone. Looking for a second pair. Thanks

    March 4, 2017 at 6:09 pm Reply
  • Yvonne

    Appreciate the info, Karen:
    I’m 5′ 10″ – 210 lbs, always looking for comfortable, nice looking + affordable clothing. Just found a boot-cut style Ponte pant at my local Walmart + tried it on because I was curious + the price was fantastic (15.99). Did not want to take it off it fit so well + was super comfy which is rare these days. Been seeing this type of pant on many full size sites but was too chicken to buy one without being able to try it on lol. I thought it would be a great “relax at home” pair of pants but it’s actually like a comfy pair of slacks + looks really nice when paired w a pretty tunic + Dansko clogs. Now that I know this type of fabric construction will actually hold its shape (given the drape of the fabric, I was worried about knee bulges after prolonged sitting), I will buy more for sure. Thank you again.

    October 7, 2017 at 4:34 pm Reply
  • Kathy Doherty

    Hi, I ve been looking everywhere for a pair of ponte, stretchy pants in zip up style, since last year, when I bought 3 pairs from Nordstrom Rack online, . The brand was’ Tractr.’ I have them in tan, grey and midnight blue with a snakeskin panel.. Most comfy pants ever! and very attractive as well. I can’t wear jeans or stiffer fabrics due to a tailbone pain issue… Tractr doesn’t seem to carry them this season. Where can I find more paints of this type. Love them.

    January 1, 2018 at 9:23 am Reply
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