Part of establishing yourself as a force in the fashion world is knowing what is and is not acceptable in any given situation.
A surefire way to establish yourself as a leader rather than a follower in the fashion world is to have a clear understanding of the fashion rules and guidelines that apply in any given situation.
There is no perfect answer when it comes to selecting a look. Every situation is different, and if you are going to win the style battle, then you must be able to interpret the individual clues that are involved with a situation and apply them effectively every time.
Once you are able to execute those interpretations in multiple situations, people will look to as a source of fashion wisdom.