images via Madewell
Given my SoCal roots, I tend to shy away from anything that's too preppy or polished looking in favor of looser fitting, more bohemian looks. (I'll take Free People over J.Crew pretty much every day of the week.)
That being said, I fell in love with the quirky twist on classic prep that Madewell took with its Fall 2012 lookbook. It's the perfect combination of boy meets girl, meets Zooey Deschanel from "New Girl."