How to find key pieces for your wardrobe

How to find key pieces for your wardrobe (Kleiderrebell in Berlin)

After sharing my autumn key pieces with you last week, I wanted to put together a post on how I put together my list of key items. It definitely took me a little trial and error. Since I started shopping with a better sense of what my wardrobe needs, it definitely got easier though. I hope this helps you to find new items you love and reduce the clutter in your wardrobe!


This is the inspiration part of finding new key pieces, so naturally the first step in the key piece journey. If you haven’t already, start putting together Pinterest boards with outfit inspiration. I have one for autumn/winter, one for spring/summer and one that fits all seasons. Ones you pinned enough pictures on there, you’re very likely going to see a pattern. What kind of outfits are you bookmarking again and again? Why do you like them? For example, if you find yourself pinning pictures of mom jeans again and again and you don’t own any – maybe it’s time to start looking for great ethical mom jeans.

Look at what you own already

Before looking for new key pieces to buy, first look at what you already own and love. What do you wear over and over again? What’s the cut, what kind of material does the piece have? I’m not saying you should get something new exactly like it – that would kind of defy the meaning of a minimal wardrobe.

Instead, I believe that it helps you to know what you feel great in. For example, if you really like wearing midi-dresses but you only own a floaty summer dress, maybe it’s time to invest in a winter midi-dress as well.
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Closet Cleanse

Living Simple Closet Cleanse

To start my journey of living a more simple life, I thought I would start with the place where I could definitely give away most stuff: My closet. To give you a little insight into my situation: I have (had) an overflowing wardrobe in my room at my parent’s house and also a full one in my flat. I still very often believe I have nothing to wear (tell me one woman who doesn’t). I guess three quarters of the stuff I owned I never wore. So I started throwing out.

And throwing out and throwing out. The pile of clothes I didn’t want to wear and have lying aroung quickly grew (you can see the pictures above, and I still have lots to wear!). At first I thought I would list how many things I gave away (how many bags, t-shirts etc) but when I saw the amount of stuff in the end, I thought that would be quite a pointless way of spending my time. I put it all in bags, gave it to the local charity shop and got on with my day.
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How to Buy What You Need (and nothing more)

Resist shopping temptationsI have a confession to make: I love going shopping. I love having new and pretty clothes and wearing them for the first time. But I guess every girl knows the common problem: You buy something, you wear it a couple of times and slowly the excitement wears of. It’s just something in your closet that was en vogue for some time (maybe you don’t even like it anymore). You need to buy something new.

It’s a never ending circle and depending on your spending habits, quite an expensive one. So today I decided to put together some tips on how you can reduce your spending habits and buying less stuff that you don’t need at all. These aren’t world-changing, brand-new tips, but it’s good to remember it from time to time.

Does the new piece fit in with the clothes you already own?

Try to picture at least three different outfits you could wear the new item with. If it’s a jeans with a really colourful pattern for example, but you don’t have any tops or jackets to go with it, I would highly recommend to reconsider buying it.

Likewise, try to imagine wearing it in different seasons

Of course, if it’s a winter coat, that doesn’t work out, but consider how the pieces would transition into different season. Would this dress look good with and without tights? Can I wear that shirt with a cardigan on top? What would this skirt look like with boots or with ballet flats? You get the deal.
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