Heidi Klum looks gorgeous at the ‘Made in NY’ Awards event

Finally, Heidi Klum has found a style that works for her age. The gorgeous 40-year-old model can really pull off any look she puts on, but sometimes, she goes below what's age-appropriate and compromises her natural sense of style. Though we don't doubt her fashionable eye, we do know that more modest hemlines and toned down cleavage can work wonders for the German beauty. At the Made in NY Awards ceremony in New York City, she worked a dress from the Roland Mouret fall 2013 line, which boasts a plunging, yet not over-the-top neckline and a knee-length hem, as well as animal print detail in red, green and gray.

Klum picked the perfect accessories for her demure ensemble, which came from Lorraine Schwartz, many celebrities' favorite jewelry designer. Wearing antique silver, sparkly bangles and drop earrings, she looked like the perfect combination of beautiful, sexy and elegant, which was appropriate, as she was one of the individuals being honored at the event. Other recipients included Spike Lee, Alan Cumming, and a handful of other New York residents who have contributed to the city's economy through their own endeavors.

"The extraordinary achievements of our 'Made in NY' Award honorees are a testament to the leadership position our city holds in the entertainment and media industries," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. "They are thriving sectors of our economy, generating $80 billion to the city each year and providing jobs to more than 275,000 people."

It's no surprise that Klum wanted to look her best and most respectable at the event. When you're being honored or recognized for something in your professional life or for some philanthropic effort, you should make sure to dress appropriately to demonstrate how serious you are about your work and how much the recognition means to you. You can take a tip from Klum and wear elegant statement accessories with a cocktail dress, and then watch as heads turn.