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.
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.
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.