It’s Lit: Vacay Looks Inspired by Our Fave Beach Reads

There’s no denying our love of sunnies and sandals, but sometimes a new book can be your best beach accessory. What better way to while away the hours than by hittin’ the sand, unfurling your umbrella, and getting lost in the enrapturing world of literary bliss?

If your reading list needs a refresh, scroll on to discover our favorite shoreline ensembles and the page-turners that inspired them!

Jaws, by Peter Benchley

201606_90307_5245_800xVHPictured: Anchor Values Swimsuit Top in Navy, It’s High Time Shorts in ClassicI’m Jaws Sayin’ Necklace, Shoreline Starlet Sun Hat, Active Kindness Sneaker in Red

C’mon, guys. It’s Shark Week. We had to include it. As long as you repeatedly tell yourself that sharks aren’t native to the beach on which you’re vacationing, this 4th-of-July thriller is a boatload of fun! Read it while sporting a nautical swimsuit, shark-themed looks, and crimson sneakers for a jaw-droppingly delightful afternoon.

Valley of the Dolls, by Jacqueline Susann

Pictured: Day to Daylight Sun Hat, Backstroke of Luck One-Piece Swimsuit, Pool One Over Cover-Up Shorts in Ivory, Lomo Instant Honolulu Camera, Bow Motion Sandal, Searching Dry and Low Beach Towel

It’s shocking, it’s juicy, and it’s entirely impossible to put down. Published in 1966, Valley of the Dolls tells the story of three young women dealing with the perils and rewards of fame, life and love in New York City, and the consequence of chemical dependency. Be sure to lather on the sunscreen before you crack open this controversial novel, because by the time you peel your eyes away, the sun will most certainly have come and gone.

Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris

201606_90307_5263_800xVHPictured: Divine By Me TopWave the Date One-Piece Swimsuit in PalmsCurry Your Enthusiasm Skirt in MarigoldLunch is On Me Picnic BlanketHaute and Bold Sunglasses in CrimsonStrappy Camper Sandal in Mars Dust

Bringing any David Sedaris novel to the beach is like bringing your smartest, wittiest, and most hilariously straight-forward friend with you on vacation. This acclaimed collection of autobiographical essays will have you laughing loud enough to scare seagulls away. (I mean it!) Read it on the boardwalk, read it at the pool, or read it aloud for a group giggle-sesh you’ll always remember.

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

Pictured: Lomo’Instant Sanremo CameraCoffee Shop Convo TopIt’s a Vivacious Circle SkirtFlight Back At Ya NecklaceCloche to Home Hat in TanHeart Skipped a Beach Flat in Pistachio

Oh, Donna Tartt. How do such beautiful words pour from the tips of her fingers? Take a few hours from your mornings to immerse yourself in the poignant, vivid, and incredibly-written world of The Goldfinch. You’ll fall in love with countless characters, you’ll yearn for a day-trip to the art museum, and you’ll find new love for the bird-inspired pieces in your wardrobe. Please. Read this book. We beg you.

+What are your favorite beach reads?


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Catch Katie perpetually stressing about finding the time to see every movie on her growing to-watch list. Some of her favorite pastimes include car-belting to ᗅBBA, using her dog as a pillow, and just makin' sure everyone's having a good time.

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