- Fashion 101: A Crash Course in Clothingby Erika Stalder.
- Vintage L.A.: Eats, Boutiques, Decor, Landmarks, Markets & Moreby Jennifer Brandt Taylor.
- D.V.by Diana Vreeland.
Check out NPR.org for the rationale behind each of these picks.
I'd add to this list Style Evolution by Kendall Farr. Farr's book provides useful advice for selecting clothing that makes one look stylish, not foolish. Because after all, a frugal purchase is not a bargain if you don't look nice in it.