I surprised myself today by deciding I liked the wide Alice bands that are everywhere at the moment. They are unexpectedly flattering as they pull your hair back, giving you a mini facelift in the process. I think they would work well with striking make up as they really show off your features. Pick a colour that works with your skin tone, red looked awful on me as I have such rosy cheeks. Other than that, the choice is endless, pick and mix to match your outfit.

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Work the monochrome look with a classic black band from Hqhair (£4.75). Or go for one of the season's big trend with my favourite, ASOS’s polka dot version.

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Add a touch of sparkle with Oasis’s jewelled band. Miu Miu even do a mirrored version if you would like people to check out their reflection on your head. It would certainly need to be multifunctional for the £155 it costs. [Charlotte Howells]