Don't be a Sheep
Sheep are herd animals; if one makes a move, the rest will simply follow. Given this unquestioning penchant to go with the crowd, it's probably not a good idea to pattern your personal style after their sheepish tendencies. And, if you're trailing after your peers to all the same stores at the mall, you just might be.
There's nothing wrong with tapping into trends, but be sure to develop your own interpretation of them. Use a trendy color in moderation by confining it to accessories, such as a bag, scarf or belt. Add a vintage piece that puts your own twist on a trend, whether it's the choice of fabric (velvet), style (bohemian) or color (floral prints).
By putting your own signature stamp on trends, you'll ensure your wardrobe has timeless appeal -- and avoid costly seasonal updates of your closet. Instead of completely redoing your clothing options every time a trend hits, you can swap out a few key pieces and step-out in style.