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.”
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.
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.