Why you NEED a pair of ponte pants

If you take ONE piece of advice from me this winter, this should be it – get yourself a pair of ponte (pon-tee) pants. They are AMAZING! Don’t like skinny jeans? Get some ponte pants. Like wearing pants that are comfortable and fashionable? Get some ponte pants. Don’t want to wear leggings as pants? Get some ponte pants.

ponte pants

So what are ponte pants? They are a cross between a legging and a skinny jean. They are made from ponte – a thick, double-knit fabric with two-way stretch. Two way stretch is important because it moulds to your body-shape and holds you in at the same time – genius.

So now we know what they are, here is why you need them:

1. You can wear them instead of leggings to keep warm

Tunic + ponte pants + blazer = awesome winter outfit

Tunic + ponte pants + blazer = awesome winter outfit

They are thicker fabric than a legging so they are great to wear in winter if you still want to wear a tunic or dress. This wee little tunic top from Glassons is a little short for me to wear with just tights – but ponte pants are thicker so I felt more comfortable in them.

2. You can wear them as pants

Because of the nature of the fabric, ponte pants are almost always thick enough to wear as pants (as opposed to leggings – which we all know ARE NOT PANTS!). The thicker fabric offers a little more support and because ponte pants are often panelled (the pants are sewn in several panels with the thick seams creating flattering lines down the leg) they are more flattering than a legging (just make sure you have the right kind of undies on – VPL’s still aren’t a good look).

Wear them like you would a skinny jean – remember, it’s all about balance. Ponte pants will still be quite fitted, so keep what ever you are wearing on top a little looser and more voluminous. Ponte pants are GREAT with oversized jumpers, cardigans and tops.


3. They are ridiculously comfortable

It might feel a little like you are putting on a wetsuit when you first try to get them on, but once they are up, boy are they comfy! Most ponte pants are pull-on, so no annoying zips and buttons (especially for that post-lunch poku). They are great for travel, long plane or car trips, and for mooching around the house in – BUT they look smokin’ with a pair of killer heels when you’re hitting the town too! (your feet might hurt from the heels but at least you will be able to breath in your pants)

4. Just because I say so 

Trust me. Try a pair and you will see. The End.

trust me

Where to buy:

Here are a few of my top picks to cater all budgets, most stores will have a pair or two (Portmans and Jacqui E have about 5 varieties each!) Now you have NO excuse, so get going! Get some! NOW!

1) asos ponte pants $50.20 (buy here) 2.

1. Asos ponte pants $50.20 (buy here) 2. Forever New navy ponte pants $49.99 (buy here) 3. Portmans gray shimmer ponte pants $69.95 (buy here) 4. Witchey leather panel ponte pants $229.95 (buy here) 5. Jacqui E ponte leggings $79.95 (buy here)

Convinced? Good.

Cait xo


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14 Comments on Why you NEED a pair of ponte pants

  1. Julia
    January 2, 2015 at 9:10 am (1 year ago)

    Just wondering if there is much of a difference between the ponte material and a jearsy stretch material. Iv seen a couple of pairs of pants which look like ponte pants but made out of the jearsy stretch material from h & m?

    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      January 2, 2015 at 10:11 am (1 year ago)

      it’s pretty much the same thing :-) ponte is just the name of a fabric with two-way stretch. Ponte tends to be thicker than jersey though so can be worn more like pants, rather than leggings :-) hope that helps x

  2. Amy
    September 25, 2014 at 3:13 am (1 year ago)

    I love everything about ponte pants. They are so stylish, flattering, and comfortable. Great alternative to leggings! I have to say, Target even has fabulous ponte pants in a few style that are only $19.99!

  3. Jill
    July 13, 2014 at 2:48 am (2 years ago)

    I LOVE these pants. Being over 50, these are perfect. The pairs that I have, have back pockets, so they have more of a pant look. I’m always worried when I wear leggings if my bottom is exposed. With these pants I don’t have to worry. I love them!!

    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      July 13, 2014 at 4:44 pm (2 years ago)

      They are perfect for any age aren’t they Jill! I’m with you on the not having to worry – they save they day don’t they 😉

  4. Kay
    November 13, 2013 at 5:03 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you for the information! I have asked a few people about the big style where I live and no one seemed to know what this new style of pants were..I did describe them as heavier than leggings, but not quite yoga pants, either. The ponte pant (thank you, now I have a name) is what I have been looking for, so thanks so much for your help!

    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      November 14, 2013 at 9:21 am (2 years ago)

      Hey Kay, so glad you like the blog! Yes, heaps of people don’t know they are called Ponte Pants but they know they want them haha

  5. Jeanine
    June 18, 2013 at 8:21 am (3 years ago)

    Ponte pants are the best! Where can I buy that oversized top? I’ve been looking for something like that for ages but can’t find one that’s that long :(

      • Jeanine
        June 19, 2013 at 1:27 pm (3 years ago)

        Thank you so much!

  6. Jo Twyford
    June 17, 2013 at 12:04 pm (3 years ago)

    LOVE my ponte pants – talk about a winter must-have! Your tips saved me this morning Cait, thanks! xx

    • Caitlin @ Chasing Cait
      June 17, 2013 at 12:05 pm (3 years ago)

      TOTALLY love! Wearing some leather-panelled ones today in fact! x


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