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RLS Approved Ponte Pieces

What is Ponte and how the heck do you pronounce it? For the record, (pon-tee) fabric is a knit made from polyestor, rayon, and spandex. The two-way stretch of the knit is comfortable, but because of the thickness of the fabric it smooths over lumps and bumps instead of grabbing like a regular knit would. It can almost act as a pressurized garment to hold you in without constricting your movement in any way.

Does this fabric sound too good to be true? Yeah, I know it does, but it isn’t. Most of the pieces below (with the exception of the dresses) are items we have tried on and purchased for our clients, some with in the past week!

Ponte is especially great for travel or if you have to sit at a desk for long periods of time. Ponte pants can feel like sweats but look much more polished. The knit fabric won’t substitute completely for a dress suit for the most important of work presentations, but it will do the job for every day at the office and on the weekend with jeans.

What are you favorite Ponte pieces? Have questions about which one of our picks is right for you? Don’t hesitate to reach out!

Happy Shopping!


NYDJ Paisley Blazer, $129

Boden Ponte Blazer, $150

Lauren Ralph Lauren Ponte Blazer, $175

Ann Mashburn Katie Patch-Pocket Jacket, $550

Old Navy Classic Ponte-Knit Blazer, $44.99

Theory Classic Melange Ponte Blazer, $535

Talbots Ponte Long Blazer, $179


Spanx Back Seam Skinny Pant, $128

Spanx Ponte Crop Flare Pants, $110

Spanx High-Waisted Ponte Pants, $148

Vince Camuto Ponte Ankle Pants, $74

Boden Hampshire Wide Leg Ponte Pants, $110

NYDJ Marilyn Five Pocket Ponte Pants, $119

NYDJ Stretch Knit Trousers, $119

Paige Colette Crop Flare, $219

Ann Mashburn Faye Legging Pant, $175

Ann Mashburn Faye Wide-Leg Cropped Pant, $195

J Jill Everyday Ponte Knit Pants, $89


Ann Mashburn Vivi Dress, $295

Forest Lily Ponte Knit Long Sleeve Sheath Dress, $110

J.Crew Cap-Sleeve A-Line Midi Dress, $168

MM.LaFleur Evelyn Dress, $195

Boden Jessica Ponte Dress, $130

Lauren Ralph Lauren Ponte Fit-and-Flare Dress, $125

J Jill Ponte Knit Multiseamed Dress, $109

Real Life Style is a style consulting firm that teaches busy women to wear their power so they can live their lives fully and confidently. Lani Inlander and Kyle Dunphy are based in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and serve clients nationwide. We offer personal styling services, an on-demand e-course, corporate services, and training to become a personal stylist.

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