You couldn’t pick up a teen fashion magazine in the 60s and 70s without seeing cute Colleen Corby’s face. She began modeling at age 11, pretty much stumbling into a contract with Ford Models, and soon every major department store catalog featured her. (Ahhh… the days of looking thru the Penney, Sears, or Montgomery Ward catalogs and circling all the things you loved!)

Since Colleen’s career spanned two decades, she wore all the popular trends. Her career peaked in the mid-sixties, and her girl-next-door Sears catalog looks are amongst my favorites. 

The shift dress has always been a fashion staple, but it took Lilly Pulitzer’s fun patterned fabrics to get the kids wearing them. Twiggy, Mia Farrow, and Jackie Kennedy were all fans of the silhouette.  

What Makes It Vintage 

Our See Emily Play dress is a new look I crafted from an old garment. A sweet A-line dress with the slightest flare at the hem, this dress has the vintage cut. The fun floral print is a definite nod to the patterned prints of Lilly Pulitzer. The pink ribbon band at the hem is just like Colleen’s. The flirty ruffle at the neckline feels a lot like Colleen’s bubble sleeves and gathered bodice. 

What Makes It Modern 

The stylist’s own distressed denim jacket keeps the look casual. (Our Bad Reputation denim jacket would be perfect!) Swapping out Colleen’s flats for some strappy heels keeps the look from being dated. Curvy girls might want to add a belt to flatter the hips.   Cinching the waist a bit makes the dress a little less potato sack and more chic!