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HOW TO WEAR THE HOTTEST RACE-DAY ACCESSORY OVER 40

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Melbourne Cup is nearly here and if you’re struggling to find the right hat for your outfit then consider a ‘crown’.

Largely thanks to Italian design house Dolce and Gabbana who over the last few years have heavily featured crowns and headbands in their collections, crowns are now the popular choice of celebrities and style mavens on race days.

From show-stopping works of art, to embellished and jewelled head bands or simple and refined styles, the crown is an easy-wear alternative to elaborate hats and fascinators.

For those over 40 don’t be afraid of the crown. If you err on the side of modern elegance you can’t go wrong.

Here are some simple style tips on how to wear a crown over 40:

1. Avoid too high, too elaborate or too fashion-forward. Think classic and elegant when choosing a crown.

2. Don’t overdo hair and makeup.  For overly embellished or intricate crowns, an elegant chignon or up-do is best. For shoulder length hair, a chic lob is perfect or for longer hair soft and pretty waves will work best.

3. Avoid over-accessorising. Let the crown make the statement and keep jewellery to a minimum.

4. Absolutely, under no circumstances should an over-40 woman be seen wearing cat ears!

Mimco ‘Wonder’ headband $149; Morgan & Taylor lace crown $149, http://www.myer.com.auCollection leaf crown $29.95, http://www.myer.com.auForever New ‘Chloe’ crown $34.99; Lovisa velvet beaded handband $29.99; Christie Nicolaides ‘Miro’ crown $399.

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