Fashion trends have been leaning heavily on nostalgia in recent months, but the latest trend to emerge from TikTok’s prolific creators borrows from the childhoods of not just millennials, but also Gen X and Baby Boomers. We’re not talking about Barbiecore (although the fantastic plastic doll is having quite the comeback this year), but about a much sassier, badly-behaved young woman and her eclectic home. We’re, of course, talking about Eloise and the rise of Plazacore.
This new take on preppy style draws inspiration from Kay Thompson’s Eloise book series, which first hit shelves in 1955. Unlike the country club aesthetic, tennis dressing or even Dark Academia, Plazacore takes classic Upper East Side staples, like herringbone jackets and cap-toe ballet flats, and pairs them with glamorous extras, like rhinestone earrings, feather trims and impractical evening bags for day. It may bring to mind a more recent UES fashion icon, Blair Waldorf, but Plazacore adds a more fantastical twist (if you can believe it). It has a distinct feeling of playing dress up, with satin evening gloves and oversize hairbows mixing with starched white shirts and platform Mary Janes.
Plazacore, also sometimes called Plaza Princess, is definitely one of the most fun ways to style your preppy wardrobe staples right now. But if you want to take the trend even further, here are the core six pieces you need to fully embrace Plazacore this fall.