Houseboat Inspired Fashion


houseboatWhen I was younger, I used to love watching Houseboat with my mom. It was one of those movies that we watched so many times I had the whole thing memorized.

I adored Sophia Loren as Cinzia, an Italian socialite who longs for freedom from her overbearing father and ends up running off to be the maid for a lawyer and his three children.

Whether painting the houseboat with the kids or walking into a fancy party in a curve-hugging gold dress, Sophia Loren never looks anything less than stunning in this movie.

I really think that my obsession with Houseboat did a lot to shape the styles that I’m drawn to as an adult. I love classic shapes and clean lines like Sophia Loren wears throughout the movie.

houseboat fashion

These photos aren’t the best examples of what I mean, but you get the picture. The woman knows how to dress her body! I’m crazy about the classic silhouettes and the simple designs. You really can’t go wrong with them.

I found a few modern pieces that fit so well into this classic mold:

houseboat inspired fashion: navy shabby apple dressShabby Apple

houseboat inspired fashion: j crew dress

J Crew

houseboat inspired fashion: tadashi shoji

Tadashi Shoji

houseboat inspired fashion: agb dress


I just think classic silhouettes like a-line skirts and curve-hugging wiggle dresses are the perfect go-to looks when you want to feel extra fabulous. The simplicity of these dresses only seems to add to their charm. Love them and love Sophia!

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  1. Gosh, I’ve never seen this movie, but I so want to now! What great clothes they had back then. Have you seen the Mad Men collection at Banana Republic? Very classic and form fitting. Thanks for visisting Fashionhogger!

  2. I haven’t seen this movie EITHER…where have I been?
    LOVE that Tadashi dress..I work w a bunch of boutiques that sell cocktail dresses and I have actually seen and touched it…amazing dress…it also comes in NAVY and is a total showstopper…in either color!
    Great choices!
    Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Ooooh, ladies! You have to check it out! Sophia Loren and Cary Grant– you can’t go wrong!

    I haven’t seen in years, I’m gonna have to check Netflix!

    Thank for dropping by 🙂

    1. I’m trying to find it! I wanted to add it to my Netflix queue, but they don’t have it. Might have to buy it! It’s so cute!

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