As we near the midpoint of summer, it’s important to embrace the extra leisure time that allows us to read. But, not all summer reading has to be a novel, which is why we rounded up five coffee-table books perfect for perusing on warm afternoons. And, because we’re always ready for style inspiration, they inspired us to create looks based on the blissful landscapes and playful art found among the colorful pages. Scroll on to see how five summer books inspire five perfect summer looks.
Dreaming, planning, or reminiscing about a trip to the Hamptons? This book takes us on a picturesque journey to its most iconic architecture and scenery. We can picture ourselves—white jeans, striped shirt, black mules, and all—on the understated boardwalk overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with an afternoon cocktail in hand. A swipe of Givenchy Rouge Interdit Marbled Lipstick brings subtle French vibes to the New York paradise. Keep the book on your coffee table to channel the summer destination year-round.
What would New York be without its four-legged inhabitants? Dog-watching is one of the best pastimes in this city (and, we might add, Barneys Madison Avenue and Downtown are splendid places to do this). Looking through the this book, which includes more than 500 photographs of dogs, we couldn’t help but get inspired by the joy and comfort of dog walking. Insider tip: An MM6 Maison Margiela backpack will make handling the leash so much easier—you wouldn’t want things to get out of hand if your best companion becomes too excited meeting friends on the street.
If you find yourself feeling worn out by the city smog and yearning to be in nature, the New York Botanical Garden is a luring local trip that offers both a museum, rare plants, and more. If you can’t make it there in person, simply flip through the pages of this beautifully photographed historical book. The in-depth look at the iconic garden’s exotic foliage is sure to inspire a sweetly romantic look fit for a garden party. Finish the ensemble with Clé de Peau’s Synactif Gel Cream Perfume. Its notes of juniper berry and jasmine gradually release in response to your changing body temperature, so you can maintain a subtle floral scent all day.
British painter David Hockney does not use color sparingly. His signature use of bright colors conveys his arguably positive, whimsical approach to life. The limited collector’s edition of 9,000 signed copies includes Hockney’s work from his teenage years and spans more than 60 years of his career. It also includes an adjustable book stand designed by Marc Newson. His work will instantly transport you poolside or seaside. Why not enjoy a relaxing cup of tea while wearing a colorful two-piece Dolce & Gabbana outfit as vibrant as his work?
Mykonos, known as the island of winds, is an idyllic vacation spot thanks to its unparalleled beauty, culture, and history. Liz Manola’s observant eye and full-scale photography immerses readers in the stunning beauty of the Greek island. Don’t be surprised if you suddenly need to own an all-white Marianna Senchina two-piece with pastel blue and pink piping that works just as well on a summer night in the city as it does seaside in Europe. And, with your natural dewy glow from Westman Atelier Beauty Butter Powder Bronzer, your friends will think you’ve just returned from Greece—even if you simply spent the weekend luxuriating at home.