Fashion so-called gurus crack me up! They think they're so smart in telling everyone what's "in" and what's not in. But it's ridiculous! Fashion designers design out of their heads, not toward a trend but in making a trend! Who's to say we have to follow what's in someone else's head? I think that's just plain nuts!
For most of my life, I've dressed for ME! I don't dress to please anyone else but myself. Even in school, I'd choose my own style and mix and match things. People loved what I wore, for the most part. And, sure, it's nice to have approval. But if I looked in the mirror and didn't like what I saw, or if I went into a boutique and tried something on and it just didn't feel right, off it would go and I'd keep going until I found what was right for me. And that often means taking something from one place and mixing it with something from another place and interspercing things from my own closet and jewelry box.
Follow trends if you must. But don't forget that leaders, even in the fashion world, come from everywhere! Not just the big houses of Paris and London.