Photo of Laura deCarufel, ELLE Canada's executive editor, by Elena Viltovskaia.There's something inherently lighter about summer: make-up is fresh and sun-kissed, hair is tousled and windswept, and our reading list is (guiltlessly) playful yet page-turning - perfect for poolside lounging. Since we know that the Canadian fashion set works hard year-round, we couldn't resist finding out what beach reads they're curling up with on their downtime this summer. Here's to inspired - and fashionable - summer reading! Laura deCarufel, executive editor, ELLE Canada "I love a beach read that makes me laugh. Once on a beach holiday, I brought Affliction by Russell Banks—a brilliant but extremely bleak book set during a New Hampshire winter. All I remember is lying on the beach, feeling forlorn—and cold!. (Yikes.) These three books are warm, wonderful and so, so funny: 1) The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark; 2) A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole; 3) Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, which features a 'transcript' of an interview between Bridget Jones and Colin Firth that makes me laugh out loud just remembering it." Click here to read more beach reads of top Canadian fashion personalities! Chloe and Parris Gordon, designers, Beaufille
Photo courtesy of Beaufille.Parris: "The book is called Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar, by Kelly Oxford." Chloe: "Right now I'm reading the Steven Tyler book, Does the Noise in my Head Bother You?" Myriam Laroche, founder of Eco Fashion Week in Vancouver
Photo courtesy of Eco Fashion Week." Ageless Body, Timeless Mind by Depak Chopra - having a bit of a Kumbaya personality, I love to read up on spirituality." Thomas Tait, designer
Photo courtesy of Thomas Tait."I'm actually not reading anything these days but emails. But I highly recommend something funny for sunny days in the park like any of David Sedaris' hilarious books." Pam Chorley, designer and owner, Fashion Crimes in Toronto
Photo courtesy of Pam Chorley."Well my summer beach reads are usually not heavy. It is time to chill, soak up the sun and rejoice! Right now I’m reading, laughing my way out loud to David Sedaris’s Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. It is a quick read until I end up re-reading each chapter two or three times - it is just so irreverent, bright and silly. My daughter gave it to me for Mother’s Day, and I showed great willpower to wait for the first sunny, beach day at my beach house south of Toronto. I go every weekend."