It sounds more mathematical than straight-up chic, but in the quest for a capsule, uniform, edited, or otherwise minimalist closet, a wardrobe exponent should not be underestimated as a force that can derail your game plan faster, and more unexpectedly, than anything else.
So what exactly is a wardrobe exponent? It’s an item of clothing that has the potential to exponentially increase the size of your wardrobe. At first glance a wardrobe exponent appears like a wardrobe asset; on closer inspection, however, you’ll find that it necessitates acquiring at least one and usually several other items in order for it to play well with your existing wardrobe. Think of it as the style equivalent of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.