an ode to rust (and cos) (and vintage ankle boots with dresses)

Ack, you know I love a trompe l'oeil print.  There's also something about the mix of rusty red with a classic navy (or steel blue actually...)  This dress was a surprise find at Anthropologie's after-Christmas sale last year- must have been a return because it was like $30 down from $220! The fabric is very synthetic, but sometimes that's a nice relief after carefully hand-washing a batch of vintage dresses. And I love the lace print.

(aside- I need a new source for rust tights. I wear rust coloured tights a lot.  So I have a ton of pairs.  But tights don't last forever and I'm going to have to make some tough decisions a couple of years down the road...I'm so mad that stores don't seem to stock Hue tights in any 'hue' other than navy black and grey.  boooooring!  With the US dollar now approximately 40% higher than Canadian I'm not ordering much online (unless they're $15 damaged 50s dresses, of course, though those end up costing at least double with the exchange and shipping...sigh...)

I was thrilled to hear Cos was opening a store in my city- I've had brief pleasant visits to stores in Europe, and then popped in several times while I was in NY in September.  (I could only allow myself a pair of socks...)  Going in to visit my new store this past November, I was immediately tempted to throw out all of my maximalist wardrobe and invest in a simple capsule collection of immaculately-cut tent dresses.  Well, in my defence, their feature colours this fall were chartreuse and rust and forest green.  Enough said.  (I had a really hard time after Christmas when almost the whole store was 50% off...!) But I invested in this amazing simple navy dress- it's made of a few layers of overlapping sheer fabric that flows while you walk, in contrast to the simple shape of the whole.