Celebrities are not above dishing out hot and petty revenge looks. In fact, some would argue that certain celebrities invented the revenge look. From Diana’s “Revenge Dress” to Selena’s post-Justin red carpet debut, here are the spiciest revenge looks dished out by the celebrities that have gone down in fashion history.
An Icon, A Legend
Can you name a more iconic revenge look than Princess Diana’s little black dress? Nope, didn’t think so. It was dubbed the “Revenge Dress” for crying out loud! Diana stepped out in this off-the-shoulder Christina Stambolian dress for a gala at London’s Serpentine Gallery in June of 1994. But this wasn’t any old red carpet event.
Diana made this public appearance on the very same day that her ex-husband Prince Charles publicly admitted to cheating on her with his now-wife Camilla Parker-Bowles. Instead of hiding from the public eye, she got the world’s attention with her head held high in this stunning, form-fitting gown. Diana’s “Revenge Dress” is a masterclass in using fashion to convey a message. Even after all these years, we can all agree that she looked absolutely immaculate.
Going Wilde over Olivia
Tabloids and fans went wild over rumors that Olivia Wilde and superstar Harry Styles were dating. They went even wilder when the two reportedly broke up in November 2022 after a secretive two-year relationship. Instead of making a public comment about the whole thing, Olivia Wilde decided to turn heads when she stepped on the purple carpet at the 2022 People’s Choice Awards.
With this completely sheer Dior number, Olivia didn’t need to say anything. The plunging neckline, lacy fabric, and barely-there spaghetti straps all scream “revenge dress.” To top it all off, her smokey eye makeup and loose curls kick this sexy ensemble up a notch. Olivia absolutely killed this vixen look, and we’re here for it.
Thank U, Next
Pete Davidson has pulled some of the hottest women in Hollywood. Ariana Grande is one of them. The pair were pretty serious, going so far as to get engaged a few weeks after their whirlwind romance began. The two sadly didn’t last and broke up shortly after Ariana’s ex, Mac Miller, passed away from an accidental overdose.
When Ariana showed up at the 2018 Billboard Women in Music in this ensemble, she proved that she was back and better than ever. She wore this girly, all-lavender look to perform her hit single “Thank U Next,” which is a reflective break-up song featuring a line about Pete.
Jennifer Lopez is like a fine wine. She’s literally looking better and better with age. She’s also been known to rock a few revenge looks throughout her decades-long career. The most recent, and perhaps the last, revenge look we received from this queen was when she debuted her romantic reunion with none other than Ben Affleck.
One of the most infamous couples in Hollywood revealed they were back together only months after J.Lo announced her split from Alex Rodriguez. What better way to show your ex that you’re thriving than by showing up with your new man in a white-hot dress? The non-existent neckline on her Georges Hobeika is even more daring than her infamous green Versace dress from 2000.
Piqué Missed His Shot
If you’re a Shakira fan, you undoubtedly know all about her breakup with her long-term boyfriend Gerard Piqué. The two split after eleven years together amid rumors of Gerard cheating on the famous singer. Most people are obviously “Team Shakira” in this situation. Fans rejoiced when she wowed the Cannes red carpet shortly after making the breakup public. Shakira is definitely channeling Princess Diana’s famous “Revenge Dress” with this all-black Mônot gown.
The curvaceous silhouette and sheer black gloves are giving major Jessica Rabbit vibes. The best part is that Shakira hit the red carpet solo. She doesn’t need a man at her side. That would just cramp her style. People around the world couldn’t help but admit that Gerard messed up big time. Your loss, Piqué!
Mariah Carey Sizzles in Black
There’s something about a sultry all-black look that screams “revenge.” Mariah Carey entered the canon of best revenge looks back in 1997 with perhaps one of the best-known little black dresses of all time. She attended the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards in a simple black bandeau top and thigh-high slit skirt to match.
The debut of this sizzling look coincided with her split from Tommy Mottola, her controlling and abusive ex-husband. Mariah wanted to show the world that she was moving on in her career and didn’t need Tommy’s help to succeed. This look is simple but effective. Mariah looks absolutely stunning.
“We Were on a Break”
Prince William and Princess Kate Middleton are inseparable pillars of the Royal Family. Although they seem stronger than ever as a couple today, they’ve gone through their ups and downs. Back in 2007, they reportedly took a break from their relationship for a few months. As any 20-something would do, Kate took it as an opportunity to hit the town with her sister, Pippa.
She decided to flaunt her stuff in this shiny kerchief dress and black boho bag. The plunging neckline and flimsy spaghetti straps are a far cry from Kate’s reserved royal style, but she was out to prove a point. She and William were on a break, so she decided to remind the paparazzi (and Will) how cool and sexy she was. This revenge look must have worked because the rest is royal history.
A Bustier Boost
What do you wear when you have to attend a movie premiere that your soon-to-be ex-husband is also attending? Cue: Nicole Kidman in this little black dress. The evening before her divorce from Tom Cruise was legally finalized, Nicole attended the premiere of “The Others.” The problem was Tom was also attending because he produced the film. Awkward.
In classic breakup fashion, Nicole pulled out all the stops for her red carpet outfit. She showed up wearing this breathtaking black bustier dress and strappy stiletto heels to match. Nicole and Tom had already been separated for a few months by the time of the premiere, but Nicole definitely knew the kind of message she was sending with this look. This dress screams “single and ready to mingle.” Va-va-voom.
Sizzling in Chanel
Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt were one of Hollywood’s most beloved couples…until they weren’t. We all remember the highly publicized and very dramatic divorce between these two Hollywood A-listers that resulted in Brad Pitt getting together with Angelina Jolie shortly afterward.
Although some of the tabloids tried to depict Jennifer as a jilted lover, she rocked the red carpet premiere of her movie “Derailed” with her head held high. She wore a glistening Chanel minidress that showed off her amazing legs, toned arms, and radiant smile. This dress captured Jennifer’s signature sexy-but-cute look that fans and admirers love. She looked anything but “derailed” by her breakup. Brad who?
Angelina Jolie Flies Solo in Toronto
Over a decade after Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston parted ways, another one of his high-profile exes hit the red carpet in her own revenge dress. Angelina Jolie attended the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival sans Brad in an off-the-shoulder black gown. Angelina looked unbothered and serene as she walked the carpet for her film “First They Killed My Father.”
Angelina’s revenge look is understated by chic. She paired the beautifully draped dress with sky-high stilettos and classy drop earrings. Her hair is swept back in an effortless half-up, half-down style that makes her look youthful and powerful. We hate to break it to Brad Pitt, but he’s been the inspiration behind some pretty fire revenge looks.
New Year, New Kim
Kim Kardashian’s marriage to basketball player Kris Humphries may have only lasted 72 days, but it was still worth a hot revenge look. Kim rang in the New Year in this Gucci minidress at the TAO nightclub in Vegas, only a couple of months after filing for divorce.
As always, Kim looked stunning in this short white dress. The minidress and keyhole cut-out showed off all her curves in all the right places. She completed her look with giant hoop earrings and a rare bang hairstyle. Let’s be real. How many of us have gone through a bang phase post-breakup? We’ve all been there, Kim.
Jennifer Garners Attention
Jennifer Garner and ex-husband Ben Affleck had a good run. The two were married for ten years, which is a lifetime in Hollywood years. However, all good things must come to an end, and the couple separated in 2015. Despite the tabloid speculation about infidelity, Jennifer Garner proved herself to be above the gossip.
She stunned everyone when she attended her first Oscars ceremony without Ben in February 2016. Her black Versace gown featured a crystal-encrusted bodice and elegant train that captured the glamour of old Hollywood. Her red nails, diamond earrings, and iconic smile were all she needed to show that the best revenge is looking hot and happy.
A “Conscious Uncoupling”
While Gwyneth Paltrow and her then-hubby Chris Martin separated amicably, Gwyneth still took the opportunity to strut her stuff as a newly single woman. A couple of months after the two announced a “conscious uncoupling,” Gwyneth stepped out to support her mom, Blythe Danner, in her new Broadway production of “The Country House.”
She wore a subtly sexy black two-piece that gave everyone the tiniest peek at her midriff. The skirt was trimmed in sheer black lace, and that silhouette left no place to hide. Her signature blonde hair and dewy makeup looked bright, hopeful, and oh-so chic. She was definitely ready for her future as a single, independent lady.
Love Don’t Cost a Thing
Jennifer Lopez looks great no matter what, but this 2011 revenge look is one for the books. The singer posed in this mod minidress during the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, after announcing that she and husband Marc Anthony were calling it quits. Allegedly, Marc Anthony was the one who initiated the separation.
Jennifer went all out with this tight, minimalist dress that hugged her signature curves. Her bright pink killer stilettos gave the whole look a fierce edge, which she played up with her smokey eye makeup. Coincidentally (or not), the dress was designed by the label Camilla & Marc.
An Atypical Dress for Reese
Reese Witherspoon turned heads and made headlines with this memorable revenge look. Instead of a sultry, all-black ensemble, Reese went for short, sweet, and bright yellow. She made her first public appearance after announcing her divorce from Ryan Phillippe at the 2007 Golden Globes. Instead of her usual cute and wholesome look, Reese turned up the heat.
If she was having a tough emotional time with the divorce, she didn’t let it show while on the red carpet. This Nina Ricci dress showed the tabloids that Reese was rising from the ashes of her divorce and starting a new era as a sultry fashionista. The strapless bodice showed more skin than Reese ever had before, telling us that she was back and better than ever.
Baller on the Red Carpet
Following her split from NBA player Tony Parker in 2010, Eva Longoria decided to hit the Golden Globes red carpet in one of her most memorable looks. She stepped out in a breathtaking Zac Posen gown, proving that a revenge look doesn’t have to be all short hemlines and skin-baring cuts.
The actress exudes Hollywood glam in this classic and refined look. The mermaid silhouette, plunging v-neck, and elegant updo put Eva on the fashion map. In classic Princess Diana fashion, Eva Longoria went with an all-black look that perfectly complimented her skin tone and chic makeup. Forget Tony. Eva’s the true baller.
A Model Revenge Dress
Clothing designer and model Nadia Bartel showed fans what was what when she hosted the 2019 Brownlow Medal event. She had just announced her divorce from former Australian soccer player Jimmy Bartel a few months earlier and wanted to show him what he was missing. She attended the Brownlow Medal in a stunning light blue J'Aton Couture gown that was teasingly semi-sheer.
The strapless dress featured a sky-high leg slit, allowing Nadia to show off her legs. Some people took issue with the fact that Nadia was hosting a soccer-related event after divorcing Jimmy, but fans cheered her on and showed their support on social media. Many praised her for getting back out there and stealing the show with her gorgeous revenge look.
Sun-Kissed and Unbothered
As we all know, Jennifer Lopez has more than a few revenge looks under her proverbial belt. And why shouldn’t she? Jennifer would look great wearing a burlap sack, so it only makes sense that she would want to flaunt it while she’s got it. The sherbet-orange Michael Kors gown that she wore to the 2004 Golden Globes was anything but heartbroken.
Around the time of this iconic look, Jennifer and Ben Affleck had just broken off their highly publicized engagement. “Bennifer” was no more. Jennifer wanted everyone to know that she was totally fine with it, at least on the outside. She looked sunkissed and glowing in this strappy dress that made her look like a real-life goddess.
Meow at the Met
Being a celebrity means that you will inevitably run into people you’d much rather avoid during red carpet events. When Bella Hadid got invited to the 2017 Met Gala, she knew that she’d see her ex, The Weeknd, on the arm of his new lady, Selena Gomez. Naturally, she pulled out all the stops for her Gala look. Bella pulled no punches with this completely see-through catsuit designed by Alexander Wang.
It never hurts to put your best foot forward for the Met Gala, especially when your ex will be there. This bodysuit left little to the imagination with its shimmering beadwork and low back silhouette. She later told Harpers Bazaar, “I had so much fun from the moment I got on the red carpet until the moment it all ended.”
Selena Gomez had a short-lived romance with The Weeknd in 2017. After they broke up in October of that year, Selena attended the InStyle Awards solo in this sultry little black dress. At the time, gossip was swirling not only about The Weeknd breakup but about her recent split from Justin Bieber.
Selena let us know that she was totally fine being single when she stepped out in this barely-there minidress. She rocked the outfit effortlessly and looked chic while doing it. Selena added some playful heels and dark vixen eyeshadow to complete this revenge look. Revenge really is best served cold while looking absolutely piping hot.
Getting Over a “Bad Romance”
Lady Gaga is known for her daring fashion choices and unique red carpet looks. It’s no surprise that she went all-out for her 2019 Grammy outfit. She attended the award show just days after announcing her split from agent-turned-fiancé Christian Carino. She stole the show in this edgy but classy Celine by Hedi Slimane dress.
The disco-worthy gown was an excellent choice, especially because the silver fabric acted as a perfect backdrop for all the golden Grammys she won that evening. This dress had a different vibe than the other, more toned-down outfits she wore during award shows earlier that year. Lady Gaga’s breakup look showed fans that she was ready to shine on her own again.
Revenge in Versace
Model Irina Shayk didn’t let her breakup with actor Bradley Cooper stop her from having a great time at Milano Fashion Week. When the two unexpectedly broke up in 2019, Irina didn’t shy away from her modeling duties. In fact, she used the opportunity to show off and live her best life in the public eye.
Irina spent Fashion Week walking the Versace runway show and parading around Milan in various Versace outfits, including this one. Irina showed off her bod in an unbuttoned black top, matching bralette, and short skirt. Irina and Bradley’s team said their breakup was amicable, but we all know Irina got some satisfaction by wearing this stunning outfit.
Taking the Plunge
Elizabeth Hurley dated 90s heartthrob Hugh Grant for a whopping 13 years. They stuck together through thick and thin but finally decided to split in 2000. Elizabeth took matters into her own hands and shaped the narrative with this iconic revenge dress from Valentino. She attended a charity event wearing this champagne-colored floor-length gown with a plunging neckline.
Although plunging necklines seem to be a dime a dozen these days, it caused quite a stir in the early 2000s. Judging by her smiling face, it seems Elizabeth was doing just fine post-breakup. Elizabeth and Hugh had an amicable breakup and are still friends to this day, so maybe this isn’t as big of a “revenge look” as we might think. Nevertheless, Elizabeth looks amazing, which is all we really need to count it as an epic post-breakup outfit.
Bye, Bye, Bye, Britney
It’s not often that the media covers revenge looks by male celebrities, but Justin’s breakup with Britney Spears in the early 2000s put this look on the map. The former pop power couple broke up and broke fans’ hearts in 2002, shortly before JT debuted this look at the MTV Video Music Awards. This all-black ensemble might not look like much by today’s standards, but people in the early 2000s thought Justin looked H-O-T. (It was a different time, okay).
Gone were the days of Justin’s all-denim outfits and frosted tips. This laid-back suit and snazzy fedora marked the beginning of a new era for Justin. He was single, hot, and ready to take over the pop charts with his revenge song, “Cry Me a River.”
Jennifer Aniston’s Slinky Revenge Dress
Jennifer Aniston’s divorce from Brad Pitt must not have been easy for her. Now that the years have passed and Jennifer is still thriving sans Brad, we can all look back and appreciate that she at least got some iconic revenge looks out of the whole ordeal. She debuted this jaw-dropping gown at the Screen Actors Guild Awards shortly after news of the divorce went public.
The navy floor-length gown featured a daring neckline full of peekaboo cut-outs. This daring look was a departure for Jen, who was known for her sexy-but-cute “girl next door” sense of style. By the looks of it, Jennifer was through with Brad and was ready to show off what he could no longer have.
Look What You Made Me Do
Any Swiftie out there knows Taylor’s dating history like the back of their hand. That’s why this revenge dress made headlines back in 2013. Taylor had apparently broken things off with Harry Styles and hit the People’s Choice Awards red carpet shortly after. We honestly think whatever she wore to that award show would have been dubbed a “revenge dress” by the tabloids.
We’re sure glad this is the dress Taylor chose to wear because she looks great. She wore a floor-length white gown with a plunging neckline. Showing off her cleavage was not something Taylor did a lot back in 2013, so fans went wild speculating about the “why,” “when,” and “how” of this look. Ms. Swift is nothing if not a master of the secret message hidden in plain view.
Revenge in Lace
Gwyneth Paltrow had several headline-making revenge looks after her “conscious uncoupling” from Coldplay frontman Chris Martin in 2014. She made waves in this little black dress she wore for a Goop event in Hong Kong. This dress is completely made of delicate black lace with a nude underlay.
The dress caused quite a stir because the nude-colored layer underneath made people do a double take. This style of dress was way sassier than fans were used to when it came to Gwyneth’s red carpet-style. She was newly single and ready to experiment, obviously. Gwyneth kept it classy, as always, with fresh blonde highlights and bold diamond earrings.
Feeling Blue? Nope!
Selena Gomez has had quite a few memorable revenge looks over the years, but this has to be her most iconic dress to date. Selena and her on-again, off-again boyfriend, Justin Bieber, were on the rocks in 2016. When Selena hit the Grammy Awards red carpet after yet another breakup, she didn’t come to play. She served one of her hottest red carpet looks EVER in this cool-as-ice Calvin Klein gown.
This shimmering sequin dress fit Selena like a glove. The sexy cut-outs, the midnight blue color, and the plunging neckline all worked together to create an absolutely perfect revenge look. Selena attended solo but posed with her bestie Taylor Swift during a photo-op. Why stay home crying about an old relationship when you can go out and steal the show at the Grammys?
Mel B Bares it All
Former Spice Girl Mel B officially divorced her husband, Stephen Belafonte, in 2017 after ten years of marriage. The separation was an ugly one, with tons of petty Instagram posts, gossip, and tabloid speculation galore. Mel B, who was a judge on “America’s Got Talent” at the time, decided to cause a stir of her own during the show’s season 12 premiere. She attended the event in this daring catsuit that left little to the imagination.
The sheer black bodysuit was cleverly encrusted with blue and white crystals. We truly can’t get over the rainbow-shaped crystal explosion on the bottom half of this outfit. While many considered Mel B’s look to be a “miss” in the fashion department, we can all admit that it did its job as far as revenge looks go.
At a Crossroads
Fans across the globe believed that Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, the queen and king of 90s pop royalty, were meant to be together forever. Alas, the two broke up in 2002 after a highly publicized three-year relationship. The ensuing breakup was very public and very emotional for both of them. When Britney attended the London premiere of her movie “Crossroads,” she knew that she had to look her best. And look her best she did.
She rocked a metallic silver halter dress that made her the shining star of the red carpet. The asymmetrical hemline showed off her toned legs, and the silver color perfectly complimented her famous blonde hair. Britney strutted her stuff at the premiere of her film, looking happy, healthy, and totally unbothered by her recent breakup.
An Absolute Cougar
Diane Kruger and her long-time partner Joshua Jackson called it quits in 2016. The couple had been together for a whopping ten years and were considered one of the few “successful” relationships in Hollywood. Sadly, their relationship just wasn’t meant to be. After publicly announcing their breakup, Diane did what many of us do when newly single: she tried her darndest to look as hot as possible. Obviously, it worked.
Diane is an absolutely gorgeous person, so it’s no surprise that all of her revenge looks from the time are stunning. She wore this shimmery silver minidress to the Deauville American Film Festival Opening Ceremony. Ironically, her neck was the most covered part of her body. That dress leaves little to the imagination. If we looked like Diane Kruger, we’d definitely be rocking this look, too.
A Disick Diss
Before Travis Barker, there was Scott Disick. If you know anything about the Kardashians, you know that Kourtney’s years-long relationship with the father of her three children had its ups and downs. After documenting their entire relationship on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” Kourtney and Scott split up for good in 2015. That summer, Kourtney didn’t hold back in showing Scott what he was missing.
Kourtney had so many amazing revenge looks that tabloids started saying Kourtney was rocking her “revenge body” instead of simple one-off looks. We’d have to agree. No matter what Kourtney wore in 2015, she looked amazing. She wore this bright pink halter jumpsuit to the MTV VMAs and totally slayed. She looked elegant, chic, and effortlessly sexy. Bye, Scott.
La La at the Met Gala
The Met Gala is one of the biggest fashion events of the year. Each red carpet gives celebs an opportunity to send a message through their avant-garde fashion choices. La La Anthony did just that when she attended solo in 2017. She showed up without her husband, NBA player Carmelo Anthony, in a showstopping black gown.
The dress, designed by Thai Nguyen Atelier, was completely sheer and embellished with delicate crystal veins and a tiered skirt. This see-through dress is not for the faint of heart, but La La was up to the challenge. “Unbreakable #metgala” she captioned her Instagram post featuring the gorgeous revenge dress.
Pretty in Yellow
2016 was a big fashion year for Selena Gomez. She really came into her own and started rocking some incredible high-fashion looks. Her tumultuous on-again, off-again relationship with Justin Bieber may have helped her gain some inspiration in the fashion department because 2016 has some of her best revenge outfits on record.
When Selena attended the WE Day California event in April, rumors were swirling about whether she and Justin were back together. Instead of addressing the rumors, Selena was all sunshine and rainbows with this bright yellow duster jacket. She somehow made some casual jeans and a white tank look effortlessly chic.
Nobody Compares to Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige knows how to rock a revenge era. She reentered the public eye in 2017 after splitting from her husband and recording a brand new album. She used the breakup to her advantage, letting fans and her ex alike eat their hearts out as she revealed her toned abs and immaculate legs.
When she performed a song at the BET Awards, she wore this breathtaking silver outfit that featured a shimmering bikini top, platform heels, and an intricately constructed bikini bottom. “Getting older is inevitable, but aging is optional,” she told “Healthy Living” in an interview at the time. Wiser words have never been spoken, Ms. Blige.
When Lady Gaga broke off her engagement with actor Taylor Kinney in 2016, fans naturally speculated why. Although Gaga shared on Instagram that “Taylor and I have always believed we are soulmates,” it didn’t work out. Even if her relationship with the actor didn’t work out, her body sure did in this outfit.
Lady Gaga wasn’t afraid to let it all hang out with this scintillating casual look. She wore super-high-rise cut-off shorts, an extreme crop top, and a black lace bra. She used this breakup outfit as an opportunity to show off her abs and “don’t care” attitude. Lady Gaga is one of the very few people in the world who can look that good in a mini crop top.
Revenge and Redemptions
Taylor Swift is our favorite petty queen. When she showed up at the 2022 MTV VMAs in a skin-baring silver number, her fans immediately knew what she was doing. No, she wasn’t dressing for revenge over a fresh breakup. Swifties everywhere knew she was referencing an infamous moment with Kanye West in 2009.
Her jewel-encrusted Oscar de la Renta mini dress looked strikingly similar to the silver gown she wore to the 2009 VMAs, where Kanya infamously grabbed the microphone out of her hands during her Best Female Video award acceptance speech. That fateful night incited a dramatic feud with Kanye and Kim Kardashian, and we can’t help but see the parallels between her old dress and this new, grown-up version. Taylor Swift may forgive, but she doesn’t forget.
J.Lo has worn some pretty scandalous outfits throughout her illustrious career. Her gown for the 2011 American Music Awards was barely there, but she managed to make it look classy in the way only Jennifer Lopez can. Her black-and-nude Zuhair Murad gown made jaws drop and cameras flash, and not only because the flesh-colored fabric made her dress look barely there.
Jennifer attended the American Music Awards after she announced her split from hubby Marc Anthony. She looked fearless in this showstopping gown and totally unbothered over whether Marc was eating his heart out at the sight of her on the red carpet. As icing on the cake, J.Lo took home the award for “Favorite Latin Artist.”
Revenge, Meet the Met Gala
Modern-day revenge looks seem to follow a certain trend. First off, many revenge looks debut at the illustrious Met Gala, which has turned into THE red carpet event for celebrities to see and be seen. Second, celebrities aren’t afraid to let it all hang out when getting dressed for sweet, sweet revenge. Zoë Kravitz did not come to mess around when she donned this scandalous YSL dress at the 2021 Met Gala.
Kravitz had filed for divorce from her husband, Karl Glusman, in early 2021. Not only did she make this post-divorce appearance in a completely see-through chainmail outfit, but she also attended with a new beau on her arm. Attending one of the top fashion events of the year with an impeccable body and a hot guy sounds like pretty great revenge to us, Zoë.
Amy Takes the Plunge
Amy Poehler and Will Arnett were married for nine years and were considered veterans of surviving the relentless Hollywood drama machine. However, the two made the tough decision to divorce in 2012. While the whole ordeal was excruciating for both of them and their kids, that didn’t stop Amy from having a little fun in the fashion department.
Shortly after Amy and Will’s divorce news went public, she attended the Emmys wearing a gown with a plunging neckline and a sultry silhouette. This style was way out of Amy’s usual look, so people immediately saw it as a “revenge look” related to her split with Will. What do you think?
Ravishing in Red
Some Hollywood relationships are so short-lived that most of us forget about them. Minnie Driver’s fling with none other than Matt Damon is one of those relationships. The two met in 1997 on the set of “Good Will Hunting” and split up less than a year later. While the relationship may be lost to time, Minnie’s revenge dress is not.
Minnie attended the 1998 Academy Awards in full “Hollywood glam” mode. She wore a stunning red dress with a faux fur stole to match. Her curls and red lipstick added a classic 1940s feel, and fans ate it up. Minnie wore this dress to let everyone know that she got her groove back after she and Matt were no more.
Kristen Channelling Diana
Long before Kristen Stewart portrayed Princess Diana in “Spencer,” she was channeling the original queen of the revenge dress after her breakup with Robert Pattinson. When the two officially split in 2013, the “Twilight” universe was torn apart. Their true love wasn’t supposed to play out like that! Kristen didn’t want her fans to worry, though, so she served some fierce revenge looks.
What better way to let your ex know you’re looking and feeling great than to become a brand ambassador for Chanel? That’s exactly what Kristen did, and she even participated in Paris Fashion Week. She rocked this haute couture piece on the Paris runway. If her smiling face is any indication, she’s not thinking about Robert at all.
The Master of the Revenge Wardrobe
As we all know, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been the center of media coverage due to their dramatic rift with the British Royal Family. For better or worse, Meghan is constantly under public scrutiny for how she walks, talks, and carries herself. When Meghan made a rare public appearance in 2022 for the Invictus Games reception, she knew all eyes would be on her and what she wore.
She left no crumbs with this white-on-white tailored suit by Valentino. Meghan knew she’d be photographed relentlessly by the press at this event, so she got her revenge against all the haters with this perfectly tailored, high-fashion look. Plenty of her other outfits have been revenge-worthy, too. Some might say that Princess Diana immortalized the “revenge dress” so Meghan could perfect the “revenge wardrobe.”
Birds of a Feather
Vanessa Hudgens had her turn in the revenge dress spotlight when she showed up for the red carpet premiere of her 2020 film “Bad Boys for Life.” She and Austin Butler had just broken up after almost nine years together, but Vanessa was distracted from all that noise with her show-stopping gown. This all-white gown is the definition of drama.
The sky-high leg slit, the dramatic white feathers, and the one-shoulder neckline all worked together to create this glam revenge look. Vanessa was beaming on the red carpet and soaked up all the drama of her dress, working that red carpet like a runway. As she should!
The Revenge Dress: Gen Z Edition
The revenge dress isn’t reserved for just elder millennials and older Hollywood stars. In classic Gen Z fashion, younger Hollywood stars have brought their own twist to the tried and true tradition. Actress Madelyn Cline got her revenge at the American Music Awards in 2021 when she brought her own take to the classic LBD.
A few weeks after she and costar Chase Strokes broke up, she rocked this daring black gown with geometric cut-outs. The gown showed just enough to be risqué, but the long silhouette brought in a feel of Old Hollywood glam. Madelyn topped the look off with black leather gloves and patent leather heels, which made her look even more like a vixen.
Booked and Busy
Ah, the Instagram revenge selfie. It’s an art form in and of itself. No other celebrities can do it quite as well as the Jenner-Kardashian fam. Kendall Jenner and NBA star Devin Booker allegedly called it quits in November 2022, and Kendall posted a mysterious round-up of photos shortly afterward.
Devin was notably missing from all the photos, but Kendall’s amazing sense of style was ever-present. The first photo in her Instagram carousel was, of course, a gorgeous revenge selfie. She wore semi-sheer black tights, heels, and an oversized black sweatshirt. This may seem like any old outfit, but Kendall’s modeling skills took it to the next level into revenge territory. Her hair is immaculate, her pose is sexy, and her face looks serenely unbothered by the breakup.
Selena’s Birthday Subtweet
Admit it. You’ve social media-stalked your ex before. It’s okay, we all do it. Selena Gomez finally called it quits with Justin Bieber for good in 2018, and she knew very well that Justin would be stalking her Insta post-breakup. After Justin and Hailey Baldwin announced their engagement, Selena subtweeted them in a gushy birthday post a few weeks later.
In classic revenge fashion, she was beautiful and happy in all of her pics. The first photo in Selena’s Insta-revenge carousel featured a blurry candid shot of the actress-slash-singer looking glowing and radiant. She celebrated her birthday surrounded by her besties and wearing an off-the-shoulder floral boho dress. Posting birthday photos of yourself looking hot and happy while surrounded by your equally hot friends isn’t petty if it’s for real.
Serious Drip at the Latin Grammys
Halsey had some relationship ups and downs in 2018. She and her on-again, off-again boyfriend, G-Eazy, had apparently broken up for good toward the end of the year. PEOPLE reported that G-Eazy “was partying over the weekend, and girls were all over him.” Yeah, that’ll do it. Halsey didn’t let the rumors and tabloids get her down, though.
She showed up to the Latin Grammy Awards with some major drip– literally. She rocked a Jean Paul Gaultier gown, giving the illusion that strands of diamonds and pearls were dripping off her bare body. She also rocked a new edgy pixie cut and rocker-chic eye makeup.
Solo in the Sun
Bella Thorne is known for her complicated and public relationships. She was in a throuple relationship with Mod Sun and Tana Mongeau for a few years before they all agreed to break up in 2019. Bella posted this mysterious revenge look shortly afterward with an equally mystifying caption. She posted a picture wearing a subtly sheer black mini dress with strappy heels, looking hot and unfazed.
Translated, her caption read, “The sun is a beautiful place to be. I’m not using SPF and I don’t care.” Considering that Tana and Mod Sun would go on to date each other sans Bella, could this oblique reference to the sun be a subtle jab at their breakup? Only Bella knows. What we do know is that she showed Tana, Mod, and the world that she wasn’t losing sleep over lost love.
An Artistic Revenge Dress
Cardi B and her husband, Offset, have had ups and downs throughout their relationship. By the time Art Basel rolled around in 2018, the two were separated. The two have never made their feuds a secret, so there’s no doubt that Cardi’s Art Basel look was a very pointed revenge look directed at Offset.
She showed up to a special event wearing a skin-tight bodycon dress made of swirly see-through fabric. The neckline was high, and the sleeves were long, but the dress’s short hemline showed off her legs. The all-black look was complimented by Cardi’s colorful hair, which was perfect for the art-focused event.
Golden Age of Kate Moss
Kate Moss is known for her rock ‘n’ roll approach to both fashion and relationships. Her two-year relationship with “Libertines” frontman Pete Doherty was splashed across British tabloids non-stop until they broke up in 2007. All eyes were on Kate when she attended “The Golden Age of Couture” event at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She wore a vintage 1930s wedding dress to the event, which was a pretty obvious reference to her broken-off engagement to Pete.
This look would go down in fashion history because the hemline got considerably shorter as the evening wore on. Rumors circulated that Courtney Love had stepped on the dress’s train and ripped it, but the truth seems to be that Kate got tired of the long train and simply tied up the gown to make it into a mini dress.
Revenge on the Runway
Rihanna left her tumultuous relationship with Chris Brown for good in 2012. Fans rejoiced and then lost their minds when Rihanna announced she would perform at that year’s “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.” The televised fashion show was a big deal in the 2010s, with headliners such as Taylor Swift and The Weeknd performing alongside some of the hottest models of the decade.
Needless to say, walking the Victoria’s Secret runway is basically the most perfect form of revenge when it comes to making your ex jealous. Rihanna stole the show in a black bustier gown and sexy thigh-high stockings. She also wore sunglasses and a pearl choker by Chanel.
Revenge of the Muse
We all remember Kanye West’s high-publicized rebound relationship with Julia Fox, right? Although we memefied many of Julia’s fashion choices and sound bites, we can now look back and realize that she knew what she was doing all along. “Fake” or not, her relationship definitely helped elevate her celebrity status and led to plenty of new gigs for the model/actress.
She performed an excellent revenge walk at the LaQuan Smith show during New York Fashion Week shortly after she broke up with the famous rapper. Her runway-worthy little black dress made her look like a goddess, with some artful under-cleavage and a sultry silhouette.
Kylie’s Naked Dress
Times change. The little black dress just doesn’t cut it as a revenge look anymore. Now, the ultimate revenge look is the “naked dress.” That’s right. Celebrities are baring it all in the limelight to get their 15 minutes of revenge-worthy fame. Kylie Jenner showed up to the Met Gala in a luxurious Versace dress that was almost completely see-through. The dress was embellished with delicate beading and showed off Kylie’s amazing figure.
She was in between relationships when she attended the Met, having just broken up with Tyga. While rumors were swirling that she had started dating Travis Scott, nothing was confirmed. Kylie was enjoying her singledom in this stunning Met Gala dress. Donatella Versace herself even accompanied Kylie on the red carpet. It doesn’t get any more glam than that.
Pretty in Pink
Fans were shocked and a little saddened when Anna Faris and Chris Pratt announced that they were getting a divorce after almost a decade together. Although the two have an amicable post-romantic relationship for the sake of their kids, we still think it’s Anna’s prerogative to look amazing while doing so.
She attended the Primetime Emmy Awards in this hot pink dress shortly after news broke of her divorce. Anna is glowing in her sequin-encrusted gown and matching clutch. The color of the halter dress looks stunning with her blonde hair, and she served an immaculate post-breakup smile for the red carpet photo-op.
Don’t Be Shady, Be a Lady
This cheeky Instagram photo of Kourtney Kardashian is way more controversial than it looks. Kourtney posted this photo showing off her new swimsuit and gorgeous bod in July 2018. At the time, Kourtney was casually dating model Younes Bendjima, whom she met at Paris Fashion Week.
Younes was subsequently canceled after he left a rude and sexist comment on this photo. “That’s what you need to show to get likes?” Wow, Younes. What a supportive partner! (That’s sarcasm, in case anyone’s confused.) Kourtney ditched Younes less than a month later. The comment has since been deleted, but the picture remains on her feed. She looks amazing, so why not? Sometimes the best revenge is not changing who you are for someone who doesn’t get you.
Kendall’s Met Gala Look
Kendall had all our hearts a-flutter in this bright orange Versace gown. She wore this one-of-a-kind look to the 2019 Met Gala, which was no easy feat. Orange isn’t always the best color to wear on the red carpet because it can wash some people out. However, Kendall knew what she was doing when she wore this feathered ensemble.
The semi-sheer, sequined dress was framed by an affluent arch of feathers that framed her face and left arm. The hem of the dress was also covered in orange feathers, making her look like a royal bird of paradise. She attended solo. Honestly, any date on her arm would have paled in comparison.
Kim, Kourtney, and Kendall aren’t the only Kardashian-Jenners who have rocked infamous revenge looks. Khloe Kardashian began showing off her self-named “revenge body” in 2015 after losing some weight and feeling better than ever. This black revenge dress worn at Cosmopolitan Magazine’s “50th Anniversary” event highlighted her favorite parts of her body.
With a deep V-neck and daring leg slit, this look gave Khloe the opportunity to strut her stuff. At the time, she was dealing with a tumultuous breakup and divorce from her ex-husband Lamar Odom, so she probably wanted to show up and have some fun with this outfit. Khloe attended the event with her sisters and mom, who all wore matching black ensembles.
Kate Hudson Stuns at the Golden Globes
Kate Hudson was in a long-term relationship with Muse frontman Matthew Bellamy for quite some time. The two split after many years together, but that didn’t slow Kate down. She attended the 2015 Golden Globes looking stunning in white. This mom of three didn’t shy away from showing some skin in this Versace gown.
“It’s pretty snug,” Kate shared with E! News during her red carpet interview. Good thing, because the plunging neckline and crystal-encrusted cut-outs along the side made it look pretty precarious. Versace seems to be a go-to for celeb revenge looks. Perhaps it’s the designer’s love of sexy silhouettes and daring cut-outs. Whatever the reason, it really works.
Thirst Trap at the Thirst Gala
Kristen Stewart’s dress in this picture might not look like a thirst trap at first glance, but it’s pretty obvious when you really think about it. She wore this gorgeous lace dress to the 7th annual Thirst Gala in 2016. Kristen attended to support Thirst Project, which works to end the global water crisis. See, we told you this look was a thirst trap.
Her white lace dress was elegant yet sexy, showing a bit of leg, along with a nude-colored underdress that made people do a double take. Rumors were swirling at the time that Kristen was dating model Stella Maxwell, and this look didn’t quell any of those rumors.
Lea Michele’s Asymmetrical Look
Lea Michele was allegedly pretty crushed when her relationship with Matthew Paetz ended in 2016. That heartbreak made this black-and-white revenge dress all the more important when she hit the red carpet a few months later at ELLE’s “Women in Comedy” event. Her sleek and stunning dress showcased what Matthew was missing out on.
The strapless dress featured an asymmetrical hemline that was highlighted by silver sequins and some strappy silver sandals. She wore her long hair parted to one side along with a sultry, smokey eye. Lea obviously wanted to distract from her recent breakup, and it definitely worked with this modern look.
The Post-Breakup Haircut
Sometimes a new haircut is the thing you need to process a breakup and get a fresh start. Sarah Hyland ended things with her long-term boyfriend, Matt Prokop, and quickly decided to change things up. She lobbed off her signature long brown hair and went for a refreshing bob with beach-blonde highlights.
It may seem like a simple haircut on the surface, but Sarah’s decision probably carried a lot more significance for her. Unfortunately, Sarah revealed that her and Matt’s relationship was abusive. She even filed for a permanent restraining order against him shortly after they broke up in 2014. Fans loved the haircut and marked it as the start of a new era.
Rock Steady Revenge
Gwen Stefani went through a painful divorce from her now ex-husband, Gavin Rossdale, the year before this playful red carpet look. After two decades and three kids together, Gwen and Gavin got divorced amidst rumors that Gavin cheated on her with their nanny. Yikes. Thankfully, Gwen didn’t let that devastating news get her down.
She attended the 2016 Radio Disney Music Awards with one of her kids and her new beau, Blake Shelton, at her side. She wore a colorful mini dress that captured her signature off-beat style, as well as her famous “victory roll” hairstyle. Everyone loves a good comeback story, and there’s nothing better than a celeb showing off a revenge look alongside a new relationship.
Demi’s NYC Revenge Look
Demi Lovato hit the New York City talk show circuit after her breakup with Wilmer Valderrama in 2016. The two had dated on and off for six years, but by the time she went out in this dress, it looked like they were done for good. Demi wore this cute mini dress for her interview with “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” which she attended alongside Nick Jonas.
Demi looks well-rested and happy in this short but sweet dress. The long-sleeved dress looks professional but flirty, striking the perfect chord for a late-night TV show interview. Demi put herself out there, reminding us all that a little breakup wasn’t going to keep her down.
A Second Act of Revenge
Model and former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo is drop-dead gorgeous. It seems wild that any guy would break up with her, but alas, even she isn’t immune to heartbreak. Her relationship with singer Nick Jonas ended in 2015, and Olivia served not one but two revenge looks. Olivia’s first dose of revenge was at a “50th Birthday Celebration” for Cosmopolitan Magazine.
She wore a seductively sleek pinstripe suit sans a shirt underneath. She kept the Hollywood glam vibes going with a luxurious red gown only a few weeks later when she attended InStyle’s award ceremony. Both “revenge looks” proved that Olivia keeps it classy when it comes to breakups. Nick was no doubt feeling “Jealous” with these red hot red carpet looks.
A Fashion Week Slay
Ciara had to attend Paris Fashion Week alone in 2014. She had broken off her engagement to musician Future amid cheating rumors just months after giving birth to their son, Future Jr. Ciara was no doubt feeling tons of conflicting emotions, but she didn’t let anyone see her shed a tear over Future during Paris Fashion Week. Instead, she made headlines for her amazing revenge looks.
One of her most memorable looks from that week was this red lace Valentino dress that she wore to the designer’s runway show. The dress is entirely see-through, but Ciara toned it down with a calf-length coat worn over her shoulders. Despite her tumultuous year, Ciara managed to look happy, radiant, and refreshed. We would be, too, if we got to attend all those fancy fashion shows in Paris!
Katy Perry's Feeling Blue
Katy Perry kept a pretty low profile after news of her divorce from Russell Brand became public. As we later learned, Russell informed Katy that he was going to file for divorce via a cold and formal text message. Ouch. Ever the stellar performer, Katy put on a brave face and attended the 54th Annual Grammy Awards a few months after the news broke.
Katy was bruised but not broken in this simple but chic revenge look. She wore a light blue floor-length gown that brought attention to her aquamarine-dyed hair. This look is more toned-down than other infamous revenge looks, which maybe gives us a clue that Katy was, in fact, feeling blue about the breakup.
Kaley Cuoco definitely knows her “revenge dress” history. After finalizing her divorce from her ex Ryan Sweeting, Kaley hit the red carpet circuit in some pretty sizzling outfits. This all-black look at the SAG Awards is the most notable because it’s a read on Mariah Carey’s famous revenge dress from the 90s.
Kaley rocked this svelte black gown with a one-shoulder neckline and skin-baring silhouette. Any fashion historian worth their salt can immediately see that the cut and style of Kaley’s dress is an homage to Mariah’s 1997 MTV Video Music Awards look. Just like Mariah, Kaley looks like a sizzling phoenix risen from the ashes of her old relationship.
Kim is Back in Black
If we’ve learned anything about Kim Kardashian over the years, it’s to expect the unexpected. Fans and haters alike were waiting with bated breath to see what the reality star would wear to the 2021 Met Gala, especially because she had filed for divorce from Kanye West earlier that year. To everyone’s shock and delight, Kim went in an unexpected direction and showed up in a 100% matte black bodysuit. Even her face, hair, and feet were completely covered in black fabric.
Balenciaga designed the look, and fans speculated that the male figure who attended with her was Kanye himself. Alas, it was actually the brand’s creative director, Demna Gvasalia. Kim’s look definitely created a buzz and stole the show, which is exactly what she wanted amidst her very public breakup with Kanye.
“Don’t Worry Darling”
Florence Pugh attended the Venice Film Festival in this fun dress a mere month after confirming that she and actor Zach Braff had broken up. The actress revealed that the two of them quietly broke up in an attempt to avoid media attention and scrutiny. Once the news was out, though, Florence didn’t hold back with this stunning revenge dress.
Florence looked like a straight-up princess in this haute couture Valentino gown. The glittery black dress made her look like serious fairytale material with its long train and poofy off-the-shoulder sleeves. Florence looked like she was having such a fun time at the event that there was pretty much no mention of her recent breakup. Honestly, that’s probably exactly what she wanted.
Rosario Dawson’s Quick Comeback
Imagine attending a huge publicized event mere weeks after a serious breakup. Most of us would find that impossible, but it was just another Sunday for actress Rosario Dawson. She attended the 2022 SAG Awards just weeks after confirming her breakup with US Senator Cory Booker.
Although the breakup was reportedly amicable, it must have been nerve-wracking to attend an award show so soon afterward. Rosario didn’t let the tabloids faze her. She rocked a gorgeous, classic black gown on the SAG silver carpet. The dress had a dramatic strapless bodice and a stunning floor-length silhouette. She completed her look with a subtle updo and statement earrings.
We Have Heart Eyes for Becky G
Becky G had a very dramatic breakup with her fiancé, Sebastian Lletget. After only a few months of being engaged, the two were finished for good. Becky G took the high ground by looking amazing and acting totally unbothered at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in March 2023.
Meanwhile, Sebastian posted a lengthy apology for his apparent cheating and “lapse in judgment” on Instagram. We love that for him. Becky G obviously knew she had the upper hand when she rocked this lace and leather look that screamed “vixen.” The reggaeton singer channeled her inner Elvira and looked amazing while doing it. Eat your heart out, Sebastian.
Camila Rocks a Barely-There Bralette
Camila Cabello hopped on the sheer clothing trend with this early 2023 look. She wore a gown that had a pearl-encrusted bralette and a long black skirt to the 65th Annual Grammy Awards. The bralette portion of the gown was covered with strategically placed rosettes that showed off how great she looked.
This revenge look came after rumors circulated about her and Sean Mendes getting back together after a break. This outfit turned heads and didn’t do anything to quell those “are they, aren’t they” questions. Camila likes to keep us guessing. If she keeps debuting stunning looks like this, we’re not complaining.