Your ultimate guide to the Plazacore aesthetic

Coastal granddaughter summer is over—but with each new season comes a new aesthetic. It's time for Plazacore fall (and winter)! Iconic literary heroine and childhood fave Eloise first stepped foot in the Plaza Hotel almost 70 years ago. Now, she's taking the fashion side of TikTok by storm—and helping you serve non-stop looks this autumn and beyond. Here's everything you need to know about this modern twist on a classic style. 

What is Plazacore?

The Plazacore aesthetic can best be described with one word: preppy. It takes cues not only from Eloise, but also from other famous, fabulous and fictitious NYC fashionistas—think American Girl's Samantha Parkington and Gossip Girl's Blair Waldorf. Blending school-style inspo with Plaza Princess flair, it mixes timeless and trendy pieces to create the perfect ensemble. While this aesthetic can seem extra glam, you def don't need to go all-out to look the part—and we have some great places to start.

Work on the wardrobe

@mere.sch #greenscreen #greenscreenvideo the frillier the collar the better! Also I live in TX so these might as well be full on winter outfits for me #eloisetok #eloiseattheplaza #plazaprincess #plazacore ♬ original sound - Wedding Aesthetics Yay!

The Plazacore color palette is relatively simple—black and white are both must-haves, along with some pops of pink to complete the look. Eloise said it best: "Think pink. A better way of life." As for specific items to add to your wardrobe, you can never go wrong with delicate blouses, paired with mini skirts and blazers or cardigans to finish off the 'fit.  Dresses are another good option, especially if the colder weather hasn't quite reached where you live yet. No matter what you choose, you'll want to focus on quality over quantity. Even as trends come and go, you can wear these staples again and again. 

Jazz up your jewelry

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It goes without saying that no Plazacore outfit would be complete without pearls. You might opt for a necklace, a bracelet or even these adorable drop earrings. On the other hand, you could also keep the pink theme going with something like this pendant necklace or these flower studs. Or, maybe you want to include a little bit of both. Pearls and pink—who could dream of a better combo?

All about the accessories

@calaiseveryday swap the funny bunny for bubble bath & you get the perfect shiny pink 💗#plazaprincess #plazaprincessstyle #eloise #eloiseattheplaza #napdressnation @gab_nyc @hillhousehome ♬ Lover - Taylor Swift

OK: You have the jewelry covered, but what about your other accessories? After all, you've gotta look your best from head to toe. When it comes to your locks, this headband will complement any clothing choice perfectly. Or, if you're feeling extra fancy, you could try out this chic bow clip. And as for your shoes, who could forget Eloise's signature black Mary Janes and white frilly socks? Of course, loafers and ballet flats are some other great—and v. versatile—picks. 

The Plazacore philosophy

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While the Plazacore aesthetic is rooted in luxury and elegance, that doesn't mean you have to break the bank to embody it! Plus, it's truly all about the mindset. We all love figures like Eloise, Samantha and Blair not only for their stellar style, but also for their charming characteristics—confidence, wittiness, ambition. You want to look like royalty *and* have the attitude to match. So whether you're heading to a lavish afternoon tea or prepping for a regular day at school, your inner Central Park princess will no doubt shine through.

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by Samara Smukler | 10/16/2022