Of A Kind For GofG: What To Wear To Esquire Magazine's Kentucky Derby Celebration

by Erica Cerulo · May 5, 2011

When heading to a derby party hosted by Esquire Magazine, Maker's Mark, and Eleven Madison Park, you're bound to encounter plenty of wingtips, rocks glasses, and passed hors d'oeuvres. If you're looking for an outfit, Erica Cerulo of limited-editions site Of a Kind has put together great outfit ideas to get you started!

Wearing pieces by these four forward-thinking young designers will keep you looking polished but cool- and not too ladylike.

1. Whitney Pozgay (niece of Kate Spade) has the whole just-past-the-knee thing down. The big bow on this awesome seafoam dress from her line Whit feels festive, but the low back keeps things fun.

2. This ultra-modern take on the pearl necklace is sweet and strange at the same time- it kind of looks like a sea creature, doesn't it? Randi Mates, the woman behind the cerebral Brooklyn line Aesa, is some kind of genius.

3. Ladies don't carry ginormous bags-or so we hear. The little number that Rachel Nasvik made just for Of a Kind has the sort of classic shape that your grandma would go for, but the gray-on-gray leather (and the bright blue lining) adds a really modern edge.

4. Yes, you've got to have a hat, and Satya Twena's are half Southern Belle, half Erin Wasson, This seagrass style would look pretty cool with a slouchy tank and cutoffs, if you can work up the nerve.

Erica Cerulo is the co-founder of limited-editions site Of a Kind and a newly minted fashion contributor at Guest of a Guest.