The maxi dress is our friend.  The descriptor “columnar” is always a good thing. One long, unbroken line from shoulder to toes can do wonders. This is also why the midi-length dress can be a disaster. It cuts us off at the calf just like those capri pants do.

Just choose your maxi dress friend carefully; some of them are actually frenemies determined to trick everyone into thinking that you left the house in your nightgown for morning carpool and then forgot to get dressed for real. There is also a proclivity for designers to use horizontal stripes on these, which is kind of the definition of “at cross purposes.”