Woman who bought the dresses Kate Middleton wore outside the Lindo Wing so that she wouldn’t look like a ‘stressed mother’ after giving birth now owns 60 copycat outfits
- Ann-Kathrin Reichel, 31, from Cloppenburg, Germany, welcomed twins last year
- Admired Duchess of Cambridge’s sense of style and wanted to emulate that
- Bought first ‘repli-Kate’ dress to match one worn by Kate on Lindo Wing steps
- Has since purchased 60 royal outfits, spending between £20 and £90 on each
A new mother who was desperate not to look like a ‘stressed mum’ after giving birth has told how she bought a dress worn by Kate Middleton outside the Lindo Wing to ‘feel better’ – and has now devoted her life to copying the duchess’ style.
Executive assistant manager Ann-Kathrin Reichel, 31, from Cloppenburg, Germany, now owns 60 ‘repli-Kate’ outfits, spending between £20 and £90 on each over the past year.
She picks up the items from royal high street favourites Zara and H&M as well as second-hand stores, and has expanded her collection to include items worn by Meghan Markle.
Ann-Kathrin, who gave birth to her twins in July last year, said seeing how glamorous the Duchess of Cambridge looked after welcoming Princess Charlotte in May 2015 was a big ‘inspiration’ to her.
New mother Ann-Kathrin Reichel, who was desperate not to look like a ‘stressed mum’ when she left hospital after giving birth, has told how she bought a dress worn by Kate Middleton outside the Lindo Wing to feel better (pictured left) – and has now devoted her life to copying the Duchess’ style. Pictured right: the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in May 2015 following the birth of Princess Charlotte
‘When I gave birth to my twins last year, I wanted to look nice, when leaving the hospital,’ she explained.
‘I didn’t want to look like a stressed mum. So, I bought my first “repli-Kate” dress, because we all know how well-dressed Kate was after giving birth to her children. And since then, it became kind of a hobby.’
Ann-Kathrin’s first purchase was the yellow floral Jenny Packham number worn by the royal mum after Princess Charlotte was born.
She has since made following the Duchess of Cambridge’s fashion choices her hobby and she has even started keeping track of the outfits the Duchess of Sussex steps out in too.
Her Instagram page shows pictures of Ann-Kathrin in a similar white dress to the one worn by Kate to the Wimbledon Championships this year
Ann-Kathrin, who is moving to Dublin, Ireland later this month, shares images of her royal-inspired fashion finds on her Instagram page, @dupli_kate_, which has 308 followers.
‘I thought it would be nice to share some outfits with other people on Instagram, especially these, who have the same hobby,’ she said.
‘It is always nice to exchange with others, and to see their “repli-Kates”.’
Ann-Kathrin, who is moving to Dublin, Ireland later this month, shares images of her royal-inspired fashion finds on her Instagram page, @dupli_kate_, which has 308 followers. Here she copied the outfit worn by Kate to the Isle of Wight in May 2019
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at the launch of The King’s Cup Regatta at The Cutty Sark, Greenwich on May 7 in London, dressed in a nautical theme
Ann-Kathrin defended the duchess for the way she looked after giving birth, blasting critics who said her appearance was ‘unrealistic’.
‘I’ve talked to a lot of people who didn’t like the way she appeared after giving birth,’ she explained.
‘They said it was “unrealistic” and “not true”. Of course, every mother knows how emotional and painful a birth can be. But as a new mother I wanted to feel good and pretty.
Ann-Kathrin (left) copies Kate’s Kings Cup regatta look from earlier this year. Pictured right: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge arrives at The Royal Yacht Squadron during the inaugural Kings Cup regatta hosted by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
Another style steal: Ann-Kathrin (left) copies a polka-dot number of Kate’s. Pictured right: The Duchess of Cambridge arrives for a visit at the Warner Brother’s studio in Leavesden in April 2013
‘I thought her appearance was great, for me it was a big inspiration. Kate gave me a lot of courage as a new mother that I could look nice again and be well dressed.
‘I love her self-confidence. It is very important for a great look. I’m also a big fan of her recycled outfits. I love when she wears a dress a second or a third time. That shows she wears her clothes consciously.’
Her Instagram page shows pictures of Ann-Kathrin in a similar white dress to the one worn by Kate to the Wimbledon Championships this year and in the L.K. Bennett poppy print dress worn to Keech Hospice in Luton in 2016.
Ann-Kathrin bought the L.K. Bennett poppy print dress Kate wore to Keech Hospice in 2016
Ann-Kathrin, who gave birth to her twins in July last year, said seeing how glamorous the Duchess of Cambridge looked after welcoming Princess Charlotte in May 2015 was a big ‘inspiration’ to her
She also showcases her own version of Meghan Markle’s Wimbledon 2018 look and her recognisable casual outfits.
Ann-Kathrin sees Kate and Meghan as strong role models for the future generation, and she hopes to show that anyone can dress like a duchess on any budget.
‘Meghan often wears basics, that’s very easy to copy, because I own a lot of basic items,’ she said.
‘When I see an outfit that I want to copy I look at some fashion blogs, most of them find the outfits very quickly. Or I find clothes that look very similar to the original. It usually takes me a few days.
Ann-Kathrin says ‘fashion is important to feel good about yourself. You don’t need a high budget to dress like a duchess’. Pictured left in a copycat outfit of the one Kate (right) wore for a visit to the Sunshine House Children and Young People’s Health and Development Centre in London last month
‘Of course, there are still some outfits that I couldn’t copy yet because I couldn’t find any matching clothes.
‘Kate often wears clothes from Zara, that’s easy. Actually, most of the items I have are from second-hand shops, and I often find a matching garment at H&M. Rarely do I order from online shops.
‘Because I find a lot in second-hand shops, it is not too expensive.. I would say, on average I spend around €25 to €100 per outfit.
‘I love how they interact with people, I’m impressed by their social engagement. Kate and Meghan have shown me that strong women can create and achieve great things.
The royal fan has even started keeping track of the outfits the Duchess of Sussex steps out in too. Pictured right: Meghan Markle at her Smart Works capsule collection launch in September
Ann-Kathrin (left) also showcases her own version of Meghan Markle’s Wimbledon 2018 look (pictured right)
‘I admire both of them for their calm, serene way of dealing with different kinds of people. For a young woman it is important to have strong role models.
‘Fashion is important to feel good about yourself. You don’t need a high budget to dress like a duchess.’
For more information about Ann-Kathrin, visit www.instagram.com/dupli_kate_.
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