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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Brandee on

She is so wrong for Prince Harry!!!! She looks like a disaster.

Amy on

If she wasn’t one of the British “elite” you would not comment that her style was so great. If she was an “ordinary girl on the street”, she would be blasted for her lack of style and dated clothes.

Tara on

time for the b*tchy comments from all the women.

Brooklyn on

I think she looks pretty in all but the second one!

chandadewine on

To each their own… If they are happy who cares what she dresses like. She is an unpolished diamond that will get the whole princess treatment and wardrobe makeover before she marries into the Royal family anyway!

Connie` on

Don’t like her fashion sense at all. I also doubt she will be Harry’s Duchess (she won’t be a princess either way). I don’t know if she’s nice or not but she doesn’t seem to like the attention of the press (and who would) but if she wants a life with Harry then she better take some lessons from Kate and put a smile on her face.

Ari on

Her style will refine as she gets older. She’s young and wearing trends instead of things that actually look good. I’m sure as she approaches her late 20’s she’ll start to dress a bit more put together and a little less obsessively trendy.

aeromel78 on

I was a teenager in the 90s and I STILL rock scrunchies and floral prints, just tailored for my age. I gave up on the overalls because they don’t flatter me at 35, but I would wear the other 3 items mentioned without a second thought. It’s funny because I’ve always considered myself the most UN-stylish person I know, but apparently I was wrong!

scrunchiefan on

I wish scrunchies were still in style! They didn’t break the hair.

Anonymouse on

Lol! I love the zoom in on that horrendous scrunchie…haha!

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