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What's in your bag? Modern-day Cinderellas reveal style secrets

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Fall is coming, slowly but surely. And while leaves aren't yet turning in Denver, you can see the season shift in the clothes people are wearing. This week we present a double dose of women's wear. One woman is dressed for a ball, the other for business. Keep reading to see how Casie Ryan and Mary Shwader create looks that echo the iconic past, but still create a style all their own.

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Name: Casie Ryan.

Spotted at: 15th and Larimer.

Profession: Server at Dazzle.

Summer anthem: Anything by the Pixies, the Jackson 5, Bassnectar or Led Zeppelin.

Favorite film: Shogun Assassin and Kung Fu Hustle.

Style inspirations/icons: Audrey Hepburn, Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance. I love old movie stars and classic American styles from the '50s and early '60s.

Favorite color: Green.

Favorite accessory: Things I can put in my hair like feathers, flowers and headbands. Bobby pins rule my life.

Style mantra: Try to look fierce and be the fury!

Shops at: Goodwill and Regal Vintage on Broadway.

What does she carry in her bag? "You know, the usual boring stuff," she said -- and then dashed off. Modern women are always on the go!

Check out Mary Shwader's street style on page 2!

Name: Mary Shwader.

Spotted at: 14th and Curtis.

Profession: Student and writer at University of Colorado Denver.

Summer anthem: Anything by Rihanna or Jay-Z.

Favorite film: Gattaca.

Style inspirations/icons: Anna Wintour, the editor in chief of American Vogue.

Favorite colors: Black and gray.

Favorite accessory: Shoes.

Style mantra: Hopefully I'm not having another bad-hair day!

Shops at: Bebe, BCBG, Forever 21 and Nordstrom.

The black leather wedge shoes were a Nordstrom find. Looks are completed by the details -- and inside her bag are a mirror, a wallet, hairspray, keys, make-up and a hair brush. Style analysis: Ryan and Shwader both demonstrate how specific inspirations influence wonderful wardrobes. Ryan admires the glamorous women of the '50s and '60s, and it shows in the baby-blue blouse and skirt she is wearing. She appears like a modern-day Cinderella, complete with black shades and headband. Shwader prefers the modern look of businesswomen Wintour, and that's reflected in her all-black ensemble that can go effortlessly from the classroom or office to a night on the town. Each woman dresses according to her personal style rules and lifestyle -- and ther results are stand-out.

When dressing, Denver, take inspiration from icons -- but be prepared to create some legendary looks of your own.

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