A Kate Middleton superfan spends £500 every month copying the Duchess of Cambridge’s elegant style.
Rowena Penaranda de Obieta, in her 40s, loves emulating 37-year-old Kate’s flawless look and thinks the pair have a lot in common as they both juggle life as busy mums.
Since a child, Rowena says she has had a fascination for royalty after reading Hello magazines her mother would buy.
Rowena, from Virginia, US, admits that she isn’t a natural fashionista but after William and Kate announced their engagement in 2010, she started to follow the Duchess of Cambridge’s fashion choices.
Her first ‘repli-Kate’ item came in 2012 when he was given a ring by her husband just like Kate’s sapphire engagement ring, previously worn by Princess Diana.
Since then, Rowena has managed to get her hands on 25 exact clothing items worn by the Duchess and 50 ‘repli-Kate’ items, inspired by the royal mum-of-three’s practical outfit choices.
Incredible images show Rowena channelling her inner Kate in an array of outfits including the & Other Stories dress she wore to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May 2019.
Other ensembles include the Zara summer dress worn by the Duchess to the polo in June 2018 and the famous blue Issa dress worn to announce the royal couple’s engagement in November 2010.
Rowena says that the Duchess of Cambridge’s outfit choices resonate with her and are practical for everyday life.
Their similarities don’t stop there, as Rowena also shares a passion for the countryside, keeping fit, Downton Abbey and homemade curries with Kate.
Rowena said: “I grew up with a fascination for royalty. I am not a natural fashionista.
“Following the style of the Duchess of Cambridge has immensely improved my wardrobe.
“It’s like having a personal stylist on a royal level. Kate Middleton presents as incredibly natural and genuine.
“There is nothing over the top or overly done about her- even when she’s royally dressed.”
Rowena regularly trawls eBay, Poshmark and Amazon for fashion pieces – spending an average of up to $600 (around £500) a month on items.
She added: “Usually I go to eBay or Amazon, but when I really want the item I go directly to the brand or retail. I keep about 20 items on my watch list on eBay.
“I have about 25 ‘real-Kates’. The rest of my closet is a ‘repli-Kate,’ about 50 clothing pieces.
“Then there’s jewellery, I have real-Kates and repli-Kates. From the engagement ring to the actual Kate Spade red earrings.
“I also have the Tiffany pieces. I get my pearl and stone repli-Kates from Asia which are much cheaper than the real stuff.”
Rowena learnt how to trade stocks and shares online and this is how she funds her hobby.
It’s not just royal clothing that Rowena is interested in as she also uses skin care brands used by the Duchess and her favourite haircare brand, Kerastase.
Rowena shares her repli-Kate hobby on Instagram under the handle, @ladyrowenaofivanhoe.
She added: “I learnt to trade stocks these last couple of years- and did well.
“While my husband is incredibly supportive, I fund my own hobby through my earnings from day trading. My current ‘work’ or personal source for spending money is from trading stocks.
“Reasons why her style resonates with me are; we love the country life, even in home design, and the outdoors, curry is the only dish I can cook and it is also supposedly her favourite homecooked dish, we appreciate a little spice.
“We are fans of Downton Abbey, traditional and classy. We wake up early for the school routine and drop off. When on mummy duty dressing should be efficient.
“We like the fitness lifestyle and fitness wear, we keep moving.”