Bargain Friday’s TPS Report: Antonio Melani ‘Kay’ Knit Top

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.
We like this merino wool top by Antonio Melani.  We love the detail around the neckline (which looks more sophisticated to us than a simple ruffle, but hey) and the vibrancy of the violet — and we generally like a ribbed high waist.  We’re also intrigued that in half of the pictures they show the model with the sweater tucked into skirts, so the ribbing all but disappears, which seems to be a great way to get more mileage out of the top.  Was $89, now down to $18 (in violet only). Antonio Melani “Kay” Knit Top
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  1. I purchased this same sweater from Dillards in the bottle green (“Galapagos”) color, and it is indeed a nice/versatile piece. Looks great with a jacket over it, and it’s perfect for showing off a chunky necklace or pearls.

  2. That’s a great top!

  3. I just bought it. :) Though in the Galapagos color…because I like green.

  4. Only black is available in small. Sigh. Having a healthy weight sucks during clearance sales.

    • Yeah, those cows in a medium are sure sacrificing their health, but at least they get to shop clearance sales.

    • Uhm for lots of people their healthy weight is a size small … just a thought

      • Yes, and for lots of people their healthy weight is a size medium, large, extra-large, or even larger. The OP’s comment implies otherwise.

        (And honestly, does the size of clothing really say anything about whether one is at a healthy weight? I have tops in sizes ranging from S to L in my closet that fit me. In fact right now, I have 2 layers on, and I believe one is a M and the other a L. There is so much variation in sizing that it is pretty much meaningless.)

        • woah! people are sensitive! it was pretty clear to me the commenter was referring to her own healthy weigh, which is a very subjective thing.
          stop looking for reasons to get ticked off!

      • Sure… but why make a comment about size at all? I’m sure the poster didn’t mean anything by it, but it’s still only too likely to ruffle feathers. I appreciate V’s attempt at humor because I’m sure others construed the original comment to mean that only a size small is healthy. Man, girls are complicated!

    • Even if the commenter DID mean something (which I actually don’t think she did)…

      Nearly 34 percent of adults are obese, more than double the percentage 30 years ago. Source: CDC.

      This might “ruffle lots of feathers” to say, but LADIES: OUR GENES DO NOT CHANGE THAT FAST. Blaming it on “big bones” or “genetics” is a serious cop-out.

      And YES, Marilyn Monroe was a Size 12 in her day…but her actual measurements correspond to an American size 4 or 6 today!

      • A size 4-6 is often a medium in regular sizes, no? I’m not really sure who you think you’re arguing with on this, or why you think it’s relevant. Must every conversation turn into “shame the fatties”?

        • I wear a size 2-6 and never wear a medium in regular sizes. Even a small is often large on me.

          I’m not arguing with anyone…but I do think my comment is relevant to the chain of commenters that precede my comment.

        • I’m a 2 and wear an XS in most brands (I’m curvier elsewhere, but tiny up top). Mediums swallow me up.

      • i haven’t checked your facts, but they are probably roughly right. nonetheless, this does not mean that all women in a size larger than a small are in the 34 percent of obese adults. i myself am a size medium or large, but i am also more than 6 feet tall, and have a 34H chest. The CDC’s BMI calculations put me at almost underweight.

        • Since the average American woman is 5’4″ while you are over 6′ (turning green as I write this), you are obviously an exception to pretty much anything related to this topic.

      • Actually, “big bones” DO go into your sizing. If you have wide shoulders or wide hips (the bone part, not talking about fat at all), that’s going to determine what size you fit into. And maybe you’re super skinny elsewhere. Someone who is 6′ and broad shouldered can’t fit into a size small, no matter how healthy or even skinny she is. Yes, a lot of Americans are obese. That doesn’t mean everyone who isn’t a small is obese.

      • Anonymous :

        I’m not understanding your point, Truth. Isn’t this website supposed to be about finding great clothes and tips for the workplace, rather than discussing health and size issues? The original comment didn’t ruffle my feathers, but it’s clear that it could, and that’s why I thanked V for her attempt at humor. I’m merely suggesting that folks be more conscientious when they post. The fact that you felt the need to go on a rant about our society growing larger by the day… well, I just don’t get it. We shouldn’t be commenting on (or judging) the relative size of others.

  5. We don’t have Dilliards in my area of the country. What’s it comparable to? Macy’s? Nordstrom? Somewhere in between? It’s featured here often enough that I wonder if it’s worth the attempt at mail order.

    • It’s probably most like a Macy’s.

    • Sometimes their mail order is a pain because of shipping costs. I guess I’d say it’s in between Macy’s and Nordstrom – I should qualify that with how much I miss Hecht’s.

    • Delta Sierra :

      Until recently Dillards was def Macys-level, but the last couple of years they’ve been trying to move up to Nord-level, so, yes, currently they’re in between the two.

      • legalicious07 :

        I agree with Delta Sierra. Dillard’s has vastly improved since the days of my high school/college at which point I would have ranked it BELOW Macy’s and more akin to Hecht’s (which you might not know if you’re not from the South) and just a step above J.C. Penney’s and Sears.

  6. Delta Sierra :

    S – what a very unkind remark.

  7. Why does EVERYTHING have to be 3/4 sleeves, even in the winter? My closet is full of cute 3/4 sleeves, but in the winter I mostly rotate through the much smaller selection of full-length sleeves. It’s COLD here in NYC, and my forearms need to be warm, too.

    • I don’t mind it so much. It’s absolutely frigid here in the Great Lakes region but my law school apparently wants people to think they are in Florida and runs the heater accordingly, so I like to wear 3/4 or short sleeves with a cardigan or blazer over it so I can stay warm outside and not sweat inside.

  8. Seriously, what’s up with all the crazy catty remarks lately? People didn’t used to be like that on here.

    • I’m going to blame it on it being winter and ladies suffering from sun deprivation. Seriously though, the majority of people who comment here are very supportive and extremely helpful, and I like this site a LOT because the comments tend to be constructive rather than snarky. But if it becomes more like Abovethelaw, I may have to stop coming.

      • Thank god, I think we’ve got a long way to go before we’re in the same category as ATL! :-)

    • Anonymous :

      Looks like people have decided to sacrifice a sense of humour at the altar of “let’s bash people who wear sizes that we don’t”!

      I really thought the OP was just joking at her bad luck in being an S and missing the clearance sales!! And then everyone chewed her/each other up!

      • FWIW, Anonymous (if that is your real name), I’m a size S/M depending on the brand, so I certainly didn’t take it personally. I just thought it was a weird and kind of catty comment. People don’t make comments like that without realizing that they’re going to cause a stir. Where was the humor that I/we missed?

  9. Anne Vohl :

    Dillard’s has a different personality from Macy’s or Nordstrom. In the stores, they deal in a high level of customer service – even more so than Nordstrom. The salespeople are really smart, and they figure out what you want or need.

    They have a special strength in the shoe department. They also seem to a have a line of exquisite almost-designer (but not prohibitively expensive) clothes that would be great for smaller women – can’t remember what they call them.

    Love their costume jewelry, too.

    Great store, great web site.

  10. I work right across from a Dillard’s (dangerous, very dangerous), and I would agree they are in between Macy’s and Nordstrom’s. They do have good customer service and a FABULOUS shoe dept. I like this, but I need some real long sleeves too (even in the South – we had snow). This also looks a little low in front, which is one of my biggest pet peeves with women in the workplace. I do NOT need to see any cleavage whatsoever, not even the hint of it!!

  11. Some Dillard’s carry a lot of high-end stuff, but I think it varies a lot from store to store. I live by a Dillard’s outlet and see merchandise that is much higher end than what we have in our local stores. Especially in the shoe department, you’re likely to find brands equivalent to what you’d see in Nordstrom/Saks.

    I really love this top and was sad it was not in my size when I looked it up. It doesn’t look to be that low cut, but I’d have to try it on to tell.

    Speaking of shirts being low cut, anyone have problems in Loft lately? It seems like everything there is so low cut that there is absolutely no way you could wear it in a workplace.

  12. Anonymous :

    i <3 dillards. maybe it's because macy's/nordstrom here in dc is always like a zoo and dillards (at home, in a small southern town) is just so much calmer and more organized.

  13. Love this!

  14. hehe

  15. always notifying that Dillard’s is THE BEST EVER!! <3!!

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