There are many trends that get a re-visit from the fashion gods. Many are scary and not designed for anyone but teenagers.
Not so, ponte.
If you are *ahhem* of a certain age, you may or may not have embraced ponte in the 1990s with an affection not dis-similar from that of a favourite aunt. You know the one. The aunt who is always up for anything and makes you feel good about yourself?
That’s ponte for you.
And it’s everywhere right now. I mean everywhere. From discount department stores through to chain stores and high-end boutiques, the power of ponte has spoken and it shall be embraced.
1. The fabric. It’s thicker than a straight viscose so if you’ve been scared of clingy clothing, this is one to definitely try. Ponte pants are a great alternative to leggings if you’re wanting more coverage but please remember it’s best to still style them like leggings with a longer top or tunic. No camel toe please.
2. The pull. Buy your ponte firm and let it do some sucker-in work for you. It will pull in that tummy and lift a butt like nobody’s business.
3. The fit. Ponte should not be baggy. Ponte pieces are designed to streamline your body and make you look taller. Baggy ponte will not do this. It will make you look saggy and daggy. Much like I did in the ’90s.
4. The style. It’s all about contrast. Take a ponte skirt, pants or jacket – there’s structure going on there. To balance out the structure, work ponte back with soft and floaty pieces.
5. The skirt. This is my favourite ponte piece. Just add ribbed tights, boots, top and cardi for a great casual alternative to jeans this winter. Or dress up with pumps, sheer patterned tights, a soft, sheer blouse and jacket for the office.
1. Country Road Ponti Jodphur skirt $79.95 | 2. Sussan Ponte pant $59.95 | 3. Sussan Stripe Long Ponte skirt $69.95 | 4. Seed Longline Ponte jacket $199.99 | 5. Mix Apparel at Coles Ponte legging $19 | 6. Seed Basic Ponte skirt $69.95
Are you on Team Ponte this winter? How are you wearing yours? (Feel free to upload images into the comments!)