News: Project Runway Dress at JCPenney for $40

Project Runway Dress from JCPenney

Last Thursday on Season 16 of Project Runway, the contestants were challenged with creating a fashionable menswear-inspired look for women using fabric provided by JCPenney. The winning design is now available for $39.99 at, and in select stores.

The design, seen below, was inspired by the classic men’s button-up dress shirt. Its every day utilitarian design offers elegance with versatility. The designer, Margarita Alvarez, wanted to give a modern take on the Men’s Dress Shirt, and reverse the concept by making a shirt dress with asymmetrical closures and intricate draping that looks polished and effortless.

My Take

My take? I love the shape of this dress. It’s interesting without being weird, and it looks to be very flattering with that fitted waistline. For $40, it’s a steal.

Project Runway Dress, menswear inspired

Now, would I feel weird wearing this dress out somewhere? Maybe, depending on the crowd. I wouldn’t wear it to a fashion blogger’s convention, for fear of being asked every 2 seconds, “Is that the Project Runway dress?” But I would wear it out to dinner or to a work function with my hubby.

Would you wear it?

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