Plazacore Is the Latest TikTok Trend We’re Falling Head Over Incredibly-Chic Heels For

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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.

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1. Headbands and Hair Bows

These preppy hair accessories can do wonders for transforming third-day hair into a chic ‘do, and are also a staple of UES dressing. Look for headbands that are a bit thicker, perhaps with a knot or some embellishments, rather than super slim designs, and for hair bows, we say the bigger the better.

Shop similar styles: Free People Mini Molly Headband ($20); Hill House Home Belle Bow ($50); Rifle Paper Co. Knotted Headband ($20; $15); Jackson Bow Barrette ($38); Amazon Hair Bow ($6); J.Crew Knot Headband ($30)

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2. Peter Pan Collars

A Peter Pan collar is one that lays flat around the neck with rounded edges. It can be neat and clean in plain white cotton, or have a bit more oomph, like the lace doily version above. And while you can definitely invest in a few collared shirts to add to your Plazacore wardrobe, dickies and independent collars are a bit more versatile and can be added to any of your favorite shirts, sweaters or even jackets to really maximize the look.

Shop similar styles: Boden Detachable Lace Collar ($30; $12); Ganni Oversize Collar ($62); J.Crew Ruffled Collar Shirt ($98; $65); Whistles Pilgrim Blouse ($179); Madewell Ruffle-Collared Crop Top ($58)

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3. Mary Janes

Who knows how long Plazacore will remain top of mind (trends, by definition, are fleeting, after all), but Mary Janes are a larger trend for the season and we don’t expect them to fade away any time soon. If you want something with a bit more edge, try a platform heel or even a lug sole. Otherwise, a classic ballerina flat will fit in with an Eloise-inspired ‘fit.

Shop similar styles: ASOS Syon Heels ($50; $38); Sam Edeleman Michaela Flats ($130); Steve Madden Mingle Heels ($100); Journee Collection Karissa Flats ($45); Mansur Gavriel Square-Square Toe Flats ($545); Lisa Vicky Notice Heels ($100); Jeffrey Campbell Cillin Platforms ($179)

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4. Tweed, Herringbone and Plaid Galore

Rather than reach for a plain black or gray coat, opt for one of these patterned knits instead. They look fabulous with both jeans and coordinating tweed miniskirts and are sure to get lots of use even after the next fad starts making waves.

Shop similar styles: Ann Taylor A-Line Skirt ($98); Generation Love Jacket ($385); Dream Sister Jane Blazer Dress ($286); Mango Checked Tweed Coat ($200); Lovers and Friends Amira Mini Skirt ($178; $47); Majorelle Bia Mini Dress ($228)

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5. Pearl and Rhinestone Details

One of the keys to differentiating Plazacore from other preppy UES styles is the touch of whimsy and glam by way of oversize pearls, rhinestone trims and other fanciful details (like feathers or faux fur). If you don’t want to invest in clothing with these features sewn right on, try adding a sparkly headband, statement earrings or even bedazzled shoes to your outfit to get that much-needed dose of fun.

Shop similar styles: Area Crystal Flower T-Shirt ($495); Likely Rosie Dress ($298); B-Low the Belt Farrah Crystal Belt ($145); Miss Selfridge Faux Pearl and Rhinestone Neck Top ($48; $20); Current Air Beaded Pearl Cami ($98); Superdown Raya Fringed Jacket ($112)

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6. Fancy PJs

Speaking of fun, fancy PJs—i.e., shiny satin materials, sexy draped silhouettes, floor-length robes and lots of fun patterns and trims—are perhaps the most fun element of Plazacore, and one you can rock both from home and out on the town. To transition your pajamas into something more suited for drinks with friends, add dressy pieces like heels, statement earrings and an evening bag to the mix rather than slipping into comfy sneakers.

Shop similar styles: Sleeper Party Pajamas ($320); Flora Nikrooz Chemise ($112); Morgan Lane Maebelle Set ($198); Intimately Satin Robe ($168); Plus Velvet Pajama Set ($187; $100)

Abby Hepworth


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