EPONINE MEETS > ROSEMARY PEARSON
writer, blogger & blessed with an exceptional flair for fashion, rosemary pearson ticks all the boxes
we caught up with her where she told us how best to dress in a corporate environment, why fashion is so powerful, and why coloured tights are the way forward.
Hello Rosemary! We adore your blog, Mode, Mood & Method. What inspired you to start it?
Thank you, that is so kind! I could never draw or paint, so ended up using the way I dress as a creative outlet and I’ve really enjoyed pushing the boundaries of fashion - with varying success (my friends have occasionally mistaken my outfits for fancy dress). After my outfits started to make a bit of a name for me, my friends started encouraging me to make a name for my outfits, and my blog was eventually born.
What is the concept behind the blog itself, Mode, Mood & Method?
I’ve always struggled with fashion blogs that instruct readers to pair a particular shaped trouser with a particular neckline for a particular body shape. For me, fashion isn’t about wearing the most flattering shade of cream, it’s about expression, and wearing - to use the phrase de jour - whatever sparks joy. So that’s where the ‘mood’ element comes in. Instead of giving readers a rulebook of fashion dos and don’ts, I want to encourage others to dress according to their mood and what they love.
I thought literature would be a good means of illustrating this and wanted to tie together literature and fashion. The idea was that I would read a book and then review it with an outfit. Sounds a bit mad, but I was reading Love in the Time of Cholera (my favourite book of all time), and it made me want to dress in a certain way to echo the story. Although in practice, if I am to sleep and work, I don’t have enough time to execute this idea well, so instead, I use quotes and poems which are a bit shorter!
You have written a wonderful article about Eponine in your blog, and have purchased several Eponine pieces over the years. Do you have a favourite? And if so, which is it and why?
What better way to spark joy than wear Eponine! And how difficult to choose a favourite. When I first started to get to know the brand, Jet amazingly kindly made me an orange hippo summer dress which I still live in when the sun shines. That is probably the piece I think of with the most affection, but the piece that I hold in the highest esteem in terms of shape, attention to detail and sheer beauty is my golden and red sequin dress, which I would wear every day if it was warm enough. I took it to Sri Lanka a couple of years ago and was frequently stopped for photos, including this one with the smiliest of women, who I adored for her kindness, but also because she did make me feel very tall.
You are also an investment writer and editor. How did you get into that?
I had a wonderful economics teacher at school who really engaged me with the subject and I went on to study politics and sociology at university, but I didn’t really know how I could both channel my interest in the wider world and avoid a really dry job. A couple of years after I graduated I ended up in the marketing department at a private bank and discovered this glorious hybrid: investment communications, which took all the interesting parts of economics but made me channel them in a creative and engaging way. Many years of exams later, and I suppose I am hopefully up and running now!
Do you have to channel a different look when you visit places and businesses in the corporate sector? And if you do, what look do you tend to go for to feel great but also dress appropriately?
To be honest, I probably have raised some corporate eyebrows over the years, but I can’t say I’ve lost much sleep over that!
In the past, female officewear has been dire, but there are actually some great brands now doing really beautiful, simple, office-appropriate collections. I do tend to stick to my style, but I probably go slightly more tonal in colour, and fewer petticoats. For example, I love a cream silk shirt and I’ll maybe pair that with some dark high-waisted trousers and heels (sometimes). You can’t go far wrong with that.
At Eponine, we take the elegant shapes of the 50s and 60s and give them a twist. We like women to feel empowered and confident in what wear, and not afraid to make an impression. What does fashion mean to you?
It means the same to me. It upsets me when I hear fashion being trivialised as a vanity project. The way we dress affects the way we feel and how we want to begin every day, and there is nothing trivial about that. It isn’t about chasing trends, it’s about the confidence the right outfit can give you.
I spent years working on various shop floors and will always remember this story, which is actually also on my blog:
A slightly nervous woman came into the shop and I asked her if she wanted any help. She said no, so I left her. I double-checked with her a few minutes later as I suspected she was holding something back. She did then explain that it was her son’s 21st birthday party that night and it would be the first time she was seeing her ex-husband and his new partner. She was nervous and wanted to look her best, but had no idea where to start. We spent a couple of hours together trying various things on and eventually she walked out of the shop with her head held high, delighted with her new outfit. Her manner was that of a different woman, she had her elegant armour on and she now felt like she could deal with the emotional challenge ahead.
And that is why clothes are so important, and what fashion means to me. It’s an incredibly powerful tool when wielded in the right way.
Now that the cold weather has well and truly arrived, how do you put together an outfit to feel fabulous but also warm and snug?
This has actually been a bit of a challenge in the past, but this winter I’ve started getting creative with tights and now own them in blue, grey, green, red and chartreuse etc. I have a rainbow of tights. They look great when you match the colour of your shoe to your tights and it’s a really easy way of making an otherwise normal skirt and jumper outfit look much more interesting.
If you had to give one piece of fashion advice to someone seeking some, what would it be?
Push yourself! You may look at a dress on a hanger and think it’s too bright, but just try it on and see. Fashion is actually about the way you hold yourself and if you can wear that bright dress with your head held high, it definitely will look amazing. It’s all about attitude.