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!