I don’t see this as a problem though, change is good. It can be daunting and unknown but ultimately it’s for the better. I think trends will continue to merge but there’s always room for them. I mean, we all need inspiration and macro trends come from so many outside factors - politics, the environment, social aspects and I think we will always be influenced in this way.
Sophie - I would say concentrate on your basics first and then layer on pieces that you love. Make sure you have a well fitting pair of jeans, a comfy cotton vest top and a staple shirt then buy quality pieces you love that will last. Don’t buy on impulse, which I know is easier said than done! I used to be the ultimate impulse buyer!
I’d say don’t be scared of colour, start small. Try an accessory, like a scrunchie or handbag, it can really make an outfit! Then, when you feel more confident a colourful coat can really uplift a look! That’s why I’m so in love with my lilac Palones coat!