How to create a great wardrobe

How to create the perfect wardrobe

Let’s be honest, a perfect wardrobe that’s what we all dream about. Am I right? But what is THE perfect wardrobe? As we all observe perfection differently and have a different taste. There is no the perfect wardrobe in general. But with a few tips and tricks, you can easily identify your style and create an attire that fits you, your lifestyle and resembles the way you want to be seen and feel. In short, your perfect garderobe.

Personal style changes, however, most people figure out what suits them and their life’s best while their twenties. What I totally accord with! In my teen years, I always used to dress however I just felt like, I changed directions a million times. But the older I get I found out what suits me, which colors and cuts work for my body type and complexion and in which kind of outfits I feel the best.



1. The Clearout

This probably is the easiest part. And as you would guess, you take
everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) out of your closet! Don’t forget about all your cloth that are in seasonal storage and your shoe closet. After you cleared everything out give it a nice wipe, so it’s fresh when you load it up again. For the actual clear out part, I created a little cheat sheet for you. Ask yourself the following questions and decide if this cloth piece fits into your perfect wardrobe.

Some other questions you may ask yourself could be:
– Does it bring me joy? (Marie Kondo)
– Will I actually wear it again?
– Is it worth keeping? (For example, does the resale value rises?)

Instead of donating my preloved bits to charity shops, I give them to my two younger sisters and let them decide what they want to keep and what should go to charity (or even their friends). I believe the life of cloth is a circle of finding, loving and giving away/sharing the pieces we wear.


2. Inspiration

We all get inspired by different by different things. Finding out what inspires you, in terms of style is your second step to your perfect wardrobe. You can choose between different eras, persons, countries, music… whatever inspires you.
For example, I really like the style of french girls. They cherish the classics but always look a little undone and effortless. Plus natural beauty is something that is really down my alley. Beside the facile mode of the french female, I adore the tasteful style of Angelina Jolie, Olivia Palermo or Grace Kelly.
As you can see, I have kind if a pattern. I suggest you, to create a mood board, this way you can really see what you like.


3. Find your style How to create the perfect wardrobe

After you created your mood board you maybe can already see the direction this is going. At the bottom of the post, you can find a free printable worksheet for creating your dream closet. Keep reading and work out at the end. 😉

So far you made yourself an overview what you have, found out what inspires you and created a mood board. Now it’s time to create a clear vision.

a) Cut

We all have different proportions and body shapes (and that is great!) but it means, not every style suits everybody. So we need to find out what fit’s us best and highlights our amenity’s. An important part here is body type (petite, tall, slender, sporty, curvy…)
I prefer everything high wasted, as it compliments my figure the best way possible.

b) Colour

Beside the established colors Black, White, Grey, and Beige, you might include some colors that suit your personality or skin tone and eye/hair color.
For me, with a pale complexion, blue eyes and washed out/ash blond hair, not all colors work well. I really like to wear blue shades, as they compliment my eye color.


4. Quality

While creating your perfect wardrobe you must especially factor quality. You maybe don’t want to shop all your pieces at forever21 or H&M (don’t get me wrong, I still shop at H&M and won’t change that! Especially for seasonal trends.) But I also buy more and more pieces from higher quality shops and shops not everybody buys from. Beside from shops, I nowadays buy cloth only when made of certain fabrics. My favorite materials are wool, cashmere, cotton, silk, linen, denim, leather & high-quality leatherette. I stay away from most synthetic cloth, as I find they look cheap and make me sweaty easily.

Some of my favorite shops to buy from: Levis, Tommy Hilfiger, Esprit, Brandy Melville, Birkenstock, Mango, Scotch and Soda, Marco Polo, Asos
I also highly suggest you, to check out: Les Sublimes, Ted Baker, Acne Studios, Just Female, And other stories 


5. Staples

Every perfect wardrobe needs some staples! Fact! And you can find a ton of closet staple list online. I myself created a whole list of all the things that need to be in a perfect armoire. If you want to see the whole list, make sure you subscribe at the bottom. This way you’ll get the whole list as well as the worksheet to create your own perfect closet.
My top 5 essentials are:

  1. A little black dress
  2. Chic flats
  3. The perfect pair of blue jeans
  4. A white T-shirt
  5. High-quality crossbody bag

You absolutely don’t need all of the essentials that are listed on the main list. Just sort out the ones that fit your taste and style the best.



Your perfect wardrobe

Now it’s your turn! Download the free worksheet and create your dream attire that fits your personal style and life!

Much love, Ilka x

*This post contains affiliate links!

*All images in the post are taken by my dear friend Karina. If you’re in the Hamburg area in Germany I highly suggest her 😉 See her Pinterest here

*Please also note, I by no means that that the perfect wardrobe has to include certain things I mention or that I have a “perfect” wardrobe (because I have not!) I’m currently building my dream closet and love to keep you updated on that. x

*This post contains affiliate links in form of widgets. Buy clicking images from the widget or buying from my link I earn a little fee. Please mind, I only publish products on IEB I a hundred percent love.


  1. 1. May 2017 / 08:51

    Great outfit I love the white jeans with white converse it looks cute

  2. 22. April 2017 / 13:50

    Such a great article, completely agree wuth your points! Love your moodboard idea

    • Ilka
      22. April 2017 / 15:05

      Thank you, Silvia. I always find a mood board really helpful. 😉 xx

  3. 19. April 2017 / 19:36

    These are great tips! And I’m completely on board with your staples list!

    • Ilka
      20. April 2017 / 05:13

      Thank’s Brittany. I’m glad you like the post and agree on the basics Much love xx

  4. Jessica
    19. April 2017 / 01:26

    this just motivated me to purge my closet and get my wardrobe set up! thanks so much

    • Ilka
      19. April 2017 / 05:16

      I’m so happy you feel inspired by it 🙂 xxxx

  5. 18. April 2017 / 17:10

    I’m in my purging phase! These are wonderful tips.

    • Ilka
      19. April 2017 / 05:17

      Thank’s Baily, I’m glad you find them helpful. Good luck with the tidy up xxxx

    • Ilka
      18. April 2017 / 16:30

      Totally agree! We’ll move in two month’s, so I’m currently in the process of decluttering (not just my closet) haha.
      I’m happy you find the post helpful. Good luck with the spring cleaning 😉 xxxx

  6. 18. April 2017 / 13:56

    Great tips! I always dread trying to clean out my closet but feel much better after I do!

    • Ilka
      18. April 2017 / 14:09

      I love cleaning and decluttering my wardrobe, makes me so excited for some new bits 😉
      Thank’s for stopping by, Amberly xxx

  7. Nicole
    18. April 2017 / 13:49

    These are such great tips! I really need to do a clear out, I have so many things in my closet that I never wear anymore.

    Xoxo, Nicole |

    • Ilka
      18. April 2017 / 14:08

      Good luck with the clearout 😉 I’m glad y

  8. 18. April 2017 / 12:56

    Thank you for these tips! I really need to set the time aside and tackle my closet – it needs it, badly! I have been paying more attention to cut and style for my shape which helps no make spontaneous purchases and i love your idea of classics and colours that all work together (lots of neutrals)!

    • Ilka
      18. April 2017 / 13:36

      I’m happy you find the tips helpful, Kristi.
      I’m currently redoing my closet myself (my problem is just the budget, as a college student buying cloth is a little luxury sometimes. Haha)
      Neutrals are THE BEST <3
      Much love, Ilka x

    • Ilka
      18. April 2017 / 11:43

      Thank you 🙂 I’m glad you agree (because you have such good taste) xxxxxx

  9. Steph
    18. April 2017 / 11:27

    I love your striped shirt in the post! So cute

    • Ilka
      18. April 2017 / 11:37

      Thank you, Steph. It’s from MANGO (last season) xxx

  10. 18. April 2017 / 11:16

    Great post! I really loved what you said about quality!

    • Ilka
      18. April 2017 / 11:37

      Thank you 🙂 I’m happy you like the post and agree 🙂 Quality over quantity!!!!
      Much love xx

    • Ilka
      18. April 2017 / 11:36

      Me too, but sometimes (when something is in SALE or just super fancy and cute) I buy it but actually never wear it because it doesn’t fit the rest of my wardrobe or isn’t really my style. Thank’s for stopping by xxx

  11. 18. April 2017 / 06:13

    what lovely photos…such a sorted and organised post! inspires me to write too:
    Check out mine …

    • Ilka
      18. April 2017 / 11:41

      Thank you so much 🙂 I’m glad you like the post (and the photos) so much! <3
      Checked out your blog, really interesting 🙂 xxx

  12. 17. April 2017 / 13:50

    I love your idea of creating a mood board! I am going to try this!!

    • Ilka
      18. April 2017 / 06:03

      It’s such a simple thing but really helps by figuring out your style (I have mine saved on my phone, so I can take it shopping with me. Ha)
      Thank’s for stopping by, Much love xx

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