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.
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.
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?