cressida bonasWith hype about Prince Harry soon proposing, the spotlight is shining on his girlfriend Cressida Bonas like never before. All eyes are on where she's going, what she's doing, and of course, what she's wearing ... Her trendy, boho chic style has won her the nickname of the "anti-Kate Middleton" by some royal watchers.

Case in point: Cressida raised more than a few eyebrows this week when she went out for coffee in London sporting Isabel Marant-esque wedge sneakers. Apparently, Pippa Middleton wore similar shoes last year  -- so not only is there some "tsk"-ing going about how Cressida is so behind the times for wearing them now, but also how Harry's love's style also seems much more comparable to Kate's younger sis than the Duchess herself. But ... I'm not so sure about that.

As evidenced by other recent pics, Kate's not above rockin' sneakers when appropriate. Okay, her Mint Velvet kicks weren't exactly wedge or uber-trendy. They were definitely more preppy than the ones Cressida wore, but still! I could definitely see Cressie and Kate hitting up Topshop or perusing the latest styles at Zara together. After all, Kate wasn't always so into clean lines, suit dresses, L.K. Bennett pumps, and Issa wrap dresses. She's certainly had her dressed-down or fashion risk-taking moments! (Hello, anyone remember the sheer dress that won her future husband's attention!?)

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That said, even if Cressie's not quite in sync with the Duchess's current classic, timeless fashion sense, I love what Cressida seems to have to offer. She strikes me as unique, colorful, innovative! And as far as royal watching goes, seeing what she brings to the table style-wise -- if she does end up marrying Harry! -- will certainly make for fabulous entertainment.

Are you into Cressida's style? What do you think she could learn from or teach Kate about fashion?

 

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