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!

Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.