You know how you want to look extra hot if you're headed to a party where you might see your ex? That feeling is so universal, it happens for celebs too— only the stakes are much higher since the whole world is watching. Here are nine classic examples of the fine art of revenge dressing, where stars used their post-breakup outfits to declare that they're stronger than yesterday.
1. Bella Hadid
Alexander Wang and Bella Hadid came up with just the look for this year's Met Gala, an event that would be attended by Bella's ex The Weeknd and new girlfriend Selena Gomez. Bella stole the show in this beaded catsuit (no wonder Alexander Wang called Bella “the body of our generation.")
2. Princess Diana
This off-the-shoulder black number actually became known as the "revenge dress," after Princess Diana wore it the same night as a TV show detailing Prince Charles' affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles. "She wanted to look a million dollars," her former stylist Anna Harvey told Vogue. "And she did."
3. Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon looked so good in the strapless yellow Nina Ricci dress she wore to the Golden Globes right after her divorce from husband Ryan Phillippe in 20017, people are still talking about it 10 years later.
4. Diane Kruger
Hearts broke in 2016 when cute couple Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson& called it quits after 10 years together. A few months later, it looked like she had her groove back in this Studio 54-esque mini dress at the Deauville Film Festival in France.
5. Kourtney Kardashian
6. Lala Anthony
Lala Anthony's sheer Thai Nguyen Atelier dress at this year's Met Gala spoke volumes on its own, but her Instagram caption of the gown seemed to be a message to husband Carmelo Anthony (the two separated this spring). "Unbreakable" is what she wrote on Instagram, and she told Vogue, “I think this dress will be my most revealing thus far.”
7. Selena Gomez
8. Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige pulled out all the stops with her costume for 2017 BET Awards, on the heels of her divorce last year to her husband of 12 years, Kendu Isaacs. Jamie Foxx spelled it out during the awards, saying, "She got that breakup body. You know when ladies breakup they’re in the gym like…” and then he mimicked crunches.
9. Lady Gaga
After her breakup with fiancé Taylor Kinney in 2016, Lady Gaga developed a uniform of sorts that showed off her work in the gym. It consisted of tiny shorts, boots, and a crop top with underboob. She wore it constantly! This might be the breakup outfit to top them all.
Got an ex? Yeah, we all do. Bravo’s Personal Space is diving into everything there is to discuss about breakups, from the ones that got away to ghosting to what the hell you should do with an ex on social media with Ex-Files Week. It’s all leading up to our new series A Night With My Ex, which explores what happens when former couples reunite…for one night only. Check back each day for exclusive interviews, personal stories, and don’t forget to catch the premiere on Tuesday, July 18 at 10/9c.
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