When a friend of mine recently told me that she’s been invited to a fancy spring gala, she asked for my advice on what to wear. She then quickly exclaimed that her ex would be there, and that she wants something that will wow, “Like the Tik Tok Revenge dress from Mango.” In less that 10 seconds I knew exactly the type of dress she was looking for.
If you watch fashion videos on TikTok (as much as my friend does), you’ll probably already know she’s referring to a sleek silky black maxi dress with a bustier top, spaghetti straps and a lace thigh-high slit from Mango’s Selection edit that TikTokers have coined the Revenge dress.
So what exactly is a revenge dress? It refers to the stunning off-the-shoulder black evening gown Princess Diana wore to the Vanity Fair party in 1994. The dress has been interpreted as having been worn by Diana “in revenge” to her husband, the former Prince Charles admitting to adultery in a televised interview.