Style Icon Tuesday-Baroness Schraeder

Ah the Baroness. The most misunderstood woman in cinema history.
I would have to say that I have watched The Sound of Music more than any other movie in the world. And as I grew older, I would identify with a different character every few years. First it was shy Brigitta, then Leisl for many many years (I actually thought that I could tour the country singing "I am 16 going on 17" and that the world would embrace my singular talent), at some point I started seeing Maria's point of view, but in the last few years, it's been the Baroness all the way. What's wrong with brains, beauty, breeding, superior fashion sense and having a way with a chignon, hosting amazing parties, sending your step-children to the best schools in Europe and so on? The Captain even acknowledges she is the one who brought some light back into his life after his wife's death! And then unceremoniously dumps her for a curtain wearing nun with a boy haircut.
Well, even as a child I realized the Baroness was the most stunning of the bunch. Whenever I fantasized about my glamorous older life, I was always wearing this orange and polka dot outfit, with LARGE BOW (readers, you know of my love for an oversized, yet well placed bow). In fact, I would even go as far as to say that this outfit is the whole reason i ever loved the color orange! Perhaps when my biography is made into a musical with lyrics by Rodgers & Hammerstein, it will be called "The Color Orange"!
I like to think that The Baroness settled down with a very wealthy widower with no children and they all lived far far away from Nazis. And nuns. In any case, she can console herself with the Greatest Underrated Fashionista Ever Award.

(photos from google images)


Penelope Red said...

I completely agree with you! To tell you the truth... I was one of those weird people who had never watched The Sound of Music until they were an adult.

However, the 1st time I watched it, I instantly fell in love with this outfit the Baroness is wearing. A couple of years later, I decided to make my own version of the bow top, and now I sell them, and people love them! There is something to be said of a really large bow!

ARrrrrr said...

I haven't watched SoM in years (but my average would probably still work out to multiple times per year)! However, I was glued to the screen when it was on TV recently. I couldn't agree with you more about the Bow Suit. I must have/make it!