Newcastle’s Northumberland Plate: The highlight of the racing calendar at Newcastle, the Northumberland Plate Festival celebrates its 135th year this season.

From 29th June to 1st July it’s going to be fun, fun, fun with UB40 performing live after racing and a Family Enclosure added on 1st July with fairground rides and a host of activities. So ladies, don your best smart summer party outfit to sparkle and shine.

Fruity Little Number

Apply that fake tan and show off those shapely legs in Forever Unique’s Becky chiffon mini dress. The pale orange shade will enhance a glowing tan and look stunning on dark skin but also works well on fairer skins – a winning number!

It’s cut in the fashionable draped shoulder style so you can also flaunt those fabulous shoulders. Adorned with lace peeping under the hem and around the front neckline to make this dress stand out.

Also is available in a pale blue. Price £164.99 from Forever Unique.

Sprinkle with sparkle – wear a jaunty pillbox hat in tangerine with ivory spotty veiling and white triangular sequins from Bee Smith Accessories on Etsy. Price £120.

Shine with Candy Bisque Pink Veneer clutch by Rocio, price £320. Available from Suzannah.

Fluffy, fun and bang on trend are these nude snakeskin feather sandals. Price £49 from Miss Selfridge.

Glittering Success

If you’re not comfortable in a mini, go for the stylish knee length and dare to bare your back in Gina Bacconi’s Baroque beaded dress. This high neckline dress is almost backless with a large cut out to the waist. The bright blue fitted dress is exclusive to Little Black Dress. Price £149.


Accessorise with Royal Blue Fascinator by Cogg Millinery on Etsy. Price £89.

This is the type of occasion where there is no such thing as OTT so pile on that bling with this Gatsby inspired Swarovski Crystal clutch adorned with over 3,500 crystals and Swarovski gems hand applied in a striking abstract swirl pattern. Price £429 from The Crystal Shoe Co. on Etsy.

For that edgy sexy look team with a pair of Dune’s studded high heel court shoe in metallic blue. Was £95 now £76.

For the Guys

And guys should also get in to the party mode but please note collared shirts are required. Jazz up that city suit with a bold print collared shirt such as this limited edition navy floral print. Price £25 from River Island.

And of course don’t forget to don a cool pair of sunglasses. Try these Round frames in brown tortoiseshell and dark blue lens. Price £16 from River Island.

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