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When it comes to iconic New York characters who have (either knowingly or not) influenced some of today’s most prominent fashion trends, there are quite a few names you could include in the conversation. But long before Carrie Bradshaw and Blair Waldorf graced our TV screens as some of the city’s chicest and most iconic characters, we’d argue that Eloise served as the blueprint — and as of late, TikTok seems to agree.
Through Kay Thompson’s beloved novels, the sassy children’s book heroine evolved into a literary giant with her series of merry misadventures around New York’s most luxurious hotel. Now, with TikTok’s latest Plazacore trend, avid readers and preppy fashion-lovers alike are honoring the precocious drama queen with an aesthetic of her own, and we’re totally here for it.
Unlike TikTok’s other kitschy and hilariously specific aesthetics (we’re looking at you, Barbiecore), it’s actually incredibly easy to tap into the Plazacore trend this fall — no luxury hotel stay or extended residency at The Plaza required! From tweed jackets and miniskirts to hotel slippers, chunky Mary Jane loafers, collared blouses, evening bags, and statement headbands galore, the Plazacore aesthetic is oozing with polished and preppy styles aplenty that are not only totally on trend for the new season but also available to shop on the cheap (love that for us!).
Ahead, we’ve rounded up the best Plazacore fashion pieces to shop for under $100. Even long after the Plazacore aesthetic fades, we’re convinced you’ll still be reaching for these polished pieces year after year.