Revenge dressing is a phrase used to describe daring, post-break-up fashion.
It's often associated with a mini dress Princess Diana wore in 1994 that's still talked about today.
From royals to reality stars, take a look at 9 of the most iconic revenge dresses of all time.
Marilyn Monroe laid the groundwork for what we now know as revenge dressing during her divorce from Joe DiMaggio.
Throughout the divorce hearings, Monroe – who was married to baseball player DiMaggio for nine months – wore a series of all-black looks that subtly symbolized the death of the relationship. As Insider previously reported, the actress filed for divorce from DiMaggio in 1954, citing "mental cruelty," according to PBS.
One of her most iconic ensembles at the time was this elegant black midi suit dress, which featured oversized lapels. Monroe styled the outfit with a pair of matching black heels, white silky gloves, pearls, a statement hairpiece, and her signature bleach-blonde locks.
But it was Princess Diana's velvet off-the-shoulder little black dress that truly popularized the phrase "revenge dress."
Off the back of King Charles, then known as Prince Charles, admitting that he had an affair in a controversial tell-all documentary that aired in June 1994, Diana was spotted arriving at an event held at the Serpentine Gallery in London wearing a black dress designed by Christina Stambolian that featured a plunging neckline.
This velvet, off-the-shoulder minidress made – and continues to make – headlines around the world, and it's widely dubbed "The Revenge Dress."
Fresh of her divorce from Tommy Mottola, Mariah Carey proved she wasn't afraid to reinvent her image with her 1997 MTV Music Awards ensemble.
Carey was 23 when she tied the knot with Mottola, who was the CEO of Sony, the label she was signed to at the time.
Before the pair split, Carey was known for her "girl-next-door" look, according to CNN. That all changed in 1997 when the newly-divorced singer arrived at the MTV Music Awards in a daring all-black ensemble consisting of a thin-strapped crop top and pencil skirt with a thigh-high split.
During her appearance on Meghan Markle's podcast Archetypes in August 2022, Carey said that she felt a lack of control over her style during her relationship with Mottola.
"My first marriage, I was very much… what's the word, locked away. I was given the rules and had to stick with them," she told the Duchess of Sussex, according to Hello! Magazine.
Jennifer Aniston kept her sparkle amid her split with Brad Pitt in 2005 by wearing a glittery Chanel halter dress to a red-carpet film premiere.
Weeks after her and Pitt's divorce was finalized, Aniston dazzled at the premiere of her film "Derailed" in a sparkly champagne Chanel mini dress, according to Vogue.
Aniston's revenge dress moment also came months after Pitt and his new partner, Angelina Jolie, who he'd met while filming "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" in 2003, traveled to Ethiopia together to adopt their first child, People reported.
Bella Hadid dressed for revenge at the 2017 Met Gala, which was also attended by her ex Abel "The Weeknd" Tesfaye and his then-girlfriend Selena Gomez.
Designed by Alexander Wang, the off-the-shoulder catsuit featured a plunging scoop back. Hadid completed the look with a pair of black stilettos that blended seamlessly into the rest of her ensemble.
And whether it was intentional or not, Hadid's daring red-carpet outfit can be considered a revenge dress as her ex Tesfaye and his then-girlfriend Selena Gomez were simultaneously making their Met Gala debut together as a couple. The pair would go on to break up months later – Tesfaye and Hadid briefly reunited in 2018 before calling it quits for good a year later, according to Elle.
Not all revenge dresses are relationship associated, as Meghan Markle proved with the colorful gown she wore to her last royal engagement before leaving the UK in 2020.
In 2022, Meghan told Netflix viewers of the "Harry & Meghan" documentary that she stuck to neutral tones most of her time as a working royal in the UK because she wasn't allowed to wear the same color as more senior members of the royal family.
"To my understanding, you can't ever wear the same color as Her Majesty, if there's a group event," the Duchess of Sussex said in a confessional in episode three of the docuseries. "But then you also should never be wearing the same color as one of the other more senior members of the family."
But after she and Harry announced they were stepping back as working royals, Meghan said she decided to have a little fun with her fashion. During her last week of royal engagements, she said she wore a rainbow of colorful outfits – the last of which was an emerald-green Emilia Wickstead cape dress, which she wore with a matching William Chambers fascinator, according to Elle.
The metallic dress Taylor Swift wore to the 2022 VMAs drew comparisons to the silver gown she wore 13 years prior when her acceptance speech was infamously interrupted by Ye.
In 2009, a 19-year-old Swift was publicly interrupted by Ye, the artist formerly known as Kanye West, while onstage at the VMAs giving her acceptance speech for the Best Female Video award. For the ceremony, she wore a one-shouldered sequined silver gown.
Fast-forward to 2022, Swift rocked up to the same award show to pick up the Video of the Year award in an Oscar de la Renta jewel-encrusted flapper dress that many fans believed was an intentional reference to the dress she wore 13 years prior, according to The Independent.
Shakira paired a sheer bodysuit with leather chaps to perform the diss track aimed at her ex Gerard Piqué on "The Tonight Show" in March.
Performing her revenge single "BZRP Music Sessions, Vol 53" alongside her musical collaborator Bizarrap, Shakira opted for a daring sheer bodysuit and leather chap combination.
During the appearance on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon, the singer said that writing the Guinness World Record-winning diss track – aimed at her ex and the father of her two sons – was a "healthy way to channel" her emotions surrounding their split, Insider previously reported.
"The thing with this song is, it has become an anthem for so many women out there. I've had a very rough year after my separation, and writing this song has been so important to me," she said.
Ariana Madix was hailed the new queen of revenge dressing when she rocked up to the "Vanderpump Rules" season 10 reunion in a cherry-red cropped jacket and skirt.
After news of Tom Sandoval, Madix's longtime boyfriend, and Raquel Stevens' months-long affair rocked Bravo viewers, there was a lot of anticipation as to what Madix would choose to wear to the "Vanderpump Rules" reunion, which aired its final part on Wednesday.
Knowing how many eyes would be on her, Madix made sure to make a lasting impression by wearing a scarlet cropped jacket and skirt by Mônot.
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