In our quest to make fabulous fashion easy, accessible, and fun for every woman, we place a lot of importance on fabric. We love our clothes, but we are also hard on them – so while delicate textiles like silks and cashmeres are beautiful, they are just not always practical for the average lifestyle. The choice of fabric for a garment is crucial to making something that doesn’t just look great, but also feels amazing, is low-maintenance, and holds up to the demands of, well, life.
With that in mind, we are always on the search for that miracle fabric for our designs. Knits are a classic all-time favorite for their ease of wear, and quality blends are a great choice as they’re durable, versatile, and require minimal care. But if we were to name a favorite holy grail of textiles, it would have to be a magical knit called ponte – starring in several of our pieces, including the Acacia and Bateau dresses and our Tembo skirt.
What is ponte, exactly? If you’ve never heard the term, it’s a stretchy, tightly woven blend that is usually some combination of rayon, spandex, and polyester. Officially called Ponte di Roma (meaning ‘Roman bridge’), it’s a double-knit, meaning it’s firm and dense, while still providing plenty of give and stretch. This means ponte is super versatile – it has enough structure to be used for pieces like blazers and pants, yet with all the flexibility and comfort of a jersey. Even better, ponte hides a multitude of sins and gives you amazing shape – the thickness provides extra coverage, and a well-fitting ponte garment will tuck and lift no worse than your favorite Spanx.
The fit and comfort alone would be enough reasons to love ponte in our book, but there’s more. Ponte is a hardy fabric: it’s durable, it holds up to daily wear without losing shape, and it’s an easy wash-and-wear fabric that won’t fade and doesn’t wrinkle, making it a must-have for frequent travellers and jet-setters.
Thinking of working ponte into your wardrobe? Here are a few tips: ponte garments should be bought snug and tight-fitting, to get the most out of their streamlined look and shaping power. Mix it up – to avoid overdoing the look, try pairing ponte with softer, less structured pieces; for example, a pair of ponte pants or pencil skirt topped with a floaty blouse or tunic. And don’t go super-thrifty: higher-priced ponte pieces generally mean a better quality blend that will keep looking and fitting great for that much longer.
For more ponte styling ideas, take a look at the pieces on our site and give it a shot next time your closet needs some zing! And as always, check back soon for more style tips and fashion chatter on our blog!
Anya and Amy
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