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Dress every day like you're going to see your worst enemy

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It could be a holdover from Earth Day -- or even 4/20. This week we spotted many people on the street sporting the color green. But more savvy fashionistas looked to film or music for inspiration. Name: Violet Kayaga Spotted at: Auraria campus Profession: I want to be an elementary school teacher one day, but I'm a Human Development major right now. I'll be a junior in the fall. Favorite film: Smokin' Aces iPod favorites: Albums Brothers, by the Black Keys, and The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, by Lauryn Hill Style inspirations/icons: This female editor of a men's fashion magazine. She wears suits and plays with gender roles, but she manages to make the suits look girly and fun. I appreciate Rihanna's style, too. Favorite accessory: Bracelets are fun and noisy. I love big flashy earrings, too. Favorite colors: Seafoam and coral Style mantra: My aunt says, "Dress every day like you're going to see your worst enemy." I love that saying and always try to keep that in mind while getting ready. Name: Ben Levy Spotted at: 17th and California streets Profession: I work in a clothing store Favorite film: Weekend, by Jean-Luc Godard iPod favorites: Anything by Gypsy Style inspirations/icons: I love the style of French New Wave films from the 1960s. The style of the men's clothes and color combinations is something I try to model. Favorite accessory: Watches Favorite colors: Olive green, baby blue, off-white/cream/bone Style mantra: Make sure that the clothes fit well. With the perfect fit, you an pull off any look with confidence.

Style Analysis: When you're getting dressed, consider the message you convey. You can piss off rivals by treating the sidewalk as a catwalk, as Violet does. Or you can aim to echo timeless cinematic looks from the past, as Ben does. Regardless of the path you choose, make sure you are wearing your favorite colors and honor your visual culture.

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