Calf length designer dresses are surely amongst the most flattering your money can buy.

Sometimes known as midi dresses, depending on the length, this is a dress length that suits most people. No wonder then, it’s a popular dress style among designers including Dolce and Gabbana, Zimmerman, Tom Ford and more. There’s a lot to choose from! I, personally, would opt for a calf length dress in superior natural fibres that was not too ‘clingy’. Opting for a calf length dress is your opportunity to cover a multitude of sins. A figure flattering style is the way to go. Here is my round-up of what is available right now at different price points, starting from under £500. Naturally, its only a snapshot, but gives you an idea of the designers to seek out.

Dolce and Gabbana

Dolce and Gabbana feature calf length dresses in every collection. Choose from daywear or eveningwear.

For daywear try this gerbera print midi dresswhich is a riot of yellow, orange and pink and made from 100% cotton. Lush.

For a versatile day or evening dress try this summer tulle dress that could literally take you anywhere.

For eveningwear try this black plunge neck sequin midi dress. Very glamorous.


For casual elegance try Zimmerman’s calf length dresses.

This georgette crinkled midi dress could take you to any daytime event. Exclusive to Net-a-Porter. Ideal for daytime events.

For something more evening orientated try this Zimmerman ruffled silk satin dress. It comes in a burgundy colour with an adjustable waist to ensure the most flattering fit. Nice.


For dresses at less than £500, seek out Ganni.

This yellow knit midi dress is made from an organic cotton blend and features a slightly open back and A-line skirt. You’d be hard pressed to find a better calf-length daywear dress.

For evening wear try this tiger print satin mid dress from the same designer. Made from pre-crinkled black and yellow satin, its sure to turn heads wherever you go.

Norma Kamali

Always wearable, Norma Kamali has made her ‘technical jersey’ a thing.

The black Diana dress or grey Diana dress is available from different e-tailers. Shop around for different colours. Very flattering and versatile. And for not much money too.

For something more evening orientated try this Goddess stretch lame dress. A plunging neckline and hanker chief neckline set off the overall effect. Gorgeous and again, at a good price.

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen combines edgy with a classical ethos.

For a day dress, how about this yellow cotton faille Alexander McQueen dress from the Spring ’21 collection? Cut from Cotton-faille in a pastel yellow, it’s a versatile calf length dress with a bustier bodice. Lovely.

In the Net-a-Porter sale is this leather block bustier Alexander McQueen dress which is still available in most sizes. Inspired by the Wrexham Tailor’s Quilt, this silhouette has cropped up before in Alexander McQueen collections. Not cheap, but worth the splurge at 60% off. From the Fall ’20 collection.

Bottega Venetta

Turn to Bottega Venetta for classic, understated silhouettes.

I like this backless halterneck cotton twill dress. With a fitted bodice and hip skimming full skirt, this is a dress that will suit many people.

Alternatively, try this really rather lovely black ruched tulle dress. From the A/W 19 collection, its ruched throughout to flatter your curves.

You see. Calf length designer dresses can be found in different designers’ collections.