Prince Harry's Love Cressida Bonas Was Bringing Back the '90s Before You Knew It Was Cool

10/10/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

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First things first: We’re basically devastated that Prince Harry is off the market. So we did what any normal girl would do and ordered up a little style recon on his possible princess-to-be, Cressida Bonas, to compare ourselves to her. Our findings: She’s super pretty and seems nice and she’s totally the anti-Duchess Catherine (at least in the wardrobe department).

We’re not passing judgment. Catherine’s style is completely classic, while Bonas is on the trendy, throwback end of the style spectrum. As seen in the photos above, the 24-year-old dancer looks like a walking Topshop ad, or maybe Alicia Silverstone circa 1995. And we sorta love it.

Let’s start with the scrunchie. Earlier this month, Bonas was out and about with her royal beau in London wearing the black velvet hair accessory with a pair of gray skinnies, plaid topper and cross necklace (paging early ’90s Madonna!). And lest you think that was a one-off, she displayed another gem from her scrunchie collection, teamed with a pair of overalls, at the Glastonbury Festival earlier this year. (Judging by the outfit, we’re guessing that’s the British version of Coachella.)

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Even her royal wedding outfits have a retro feel. She topped a floral maxi dress with a green blazer (which reminds one editor of her favorite Gap fern-green blazer from 1996) at the nuptials of Rupert Finch and Lady Natasha Rufus. And her red carpet style is funkier still: At a pre-Wimbledon party, she hit the carpet in a pastel print palazzo pant jumpsuit with a navy sequin topper, and yes, what we believe to be crimped hair.

Should Harry pop the question, Cressida may be the first royal to wear scrunchies and overalls ironically. But there’s no doubt that hair will look great in a tiara. What do you think of Bonas’s anti-princess style? Are you a fan of her wardrobe?

For much more on the couple, including a look at how Cressy compares to Kate, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

–Brittany Talarico

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numberoneguest on

This girl is boring looking. Who could date a Cressida?

Harry is so spankable! Please find someone more exciting.

liz ashleigh on

That’s definitely not my style but it’s cool she has the confidence to wear what she wants. Besides, she’s 24 and I’m glad no one was critiquing me at that age!!

Jay on

I would hate to see her lose her personal style if she marries Harry but these clothes are definitely not going to fly for a royal. Good Luck Cressida!!

mbec1969 on

I dressed like this when I was 24. But that was 1994! Seriously, this girl is pretty and wants to be retro, so why not? People who are criticizing her (and I mean this in a nice way) must not be old enough to remember what Diana dressed like when she and Charles were dating. She had NO style, even after they were engaged. Only time will tell if Harry will propose, and if they will marry. Friends of hers running to magazines with their insights on the relationship mean nothing.

lisa on

She’s beautiful, rich, young, and she’s gonna be a princess! Just face it we’re all just jealous! Leave her alone and let her be who she is or we’re no better than BULLIES

Smithy on

She’s very pretty and a nice departure from classic Kate. She seems fitting for Harry. I think Kate is attractive in a very plain way. This gal is model pretty.

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