No one did revenge dressing like Princess Diana. And viral Instagram account @ladydirevengelooks, which has managed to notch up several thousand followers in the six weeks or so since its first post, has plenty of proof. Spotlighting (in the account founder's words) 'Princess Di's sassiest post-divorce looks,' it's a celebration of the late Princess of Wales' Nineties style. Following her estrangement from husband Prince Charles, the formerly 'Shy Di' forged a newly confident persona through her fashion choices, swapping the frills, florals and shoulder pads of her '80s wardrobe for a new form of power dressing: animal print, bold shift dresses and plenty of Versace. More than two decades on, her outfits still feel fresh - and make perfect Instagram fodder (paired with a tongue-in-cheek hashtag, #FyouCC).
While some of Diana's fashion choices from that decade might feel remarkably contemporary, it's also illuminating to scroll back through the archives and match up each 'revenge' look with what was happening behind the scenes at the time. Below are some of our favourite outfits - and the events that might have shaped them...
Early '90s: The pre-emptive slogan knit
OK, so this truly excellent piece of knitwear predates the Princess's divorce announcement, but isn't there something truly satisfying about seeing her wearing her heart on her (knitted) sleeve? And as if this jumper couldn't get better, '... few can afford' was written on the back.
January 1993: The neon bikini
Shortly after this photo was taken, during a holiday to the Caribbean island of Nevis, the infamous 'Camillagate' tapes were surfaced in the British press. There are worse places to find out about your husband's infidelity, we suppose.
March 1994: The Escada elephant tie
To welcome her new nephew Louis at the Lindo Wing, Diana opted for a major fashion statement: an androgynous Escada suit complete with elephant print tie. Just a few weeks earlier, it'd been reported that the Princess had agreed to her husband's divorce terms. Perhaps this look - which couldn't be further from the more traditionally feminine styles the Queen allegedly prefers - was the sartorial equivalent of sticking two fingers up at the royal dress code.
June 1994: The infamous LBD
With a documentary exploring Prince Charles’ infidelity set to air, the Princess of Wales arrived at Vanity Fair’s Serpentine fundraiser wearing a show-stopping mini dress by Greek designer Christina Stambolian. The next day, the photos made every front page – with Charles’ confession relegated to a mere footnote.
June 1995: All red everything
By this point, the Princess had pre-emptively announced her retirement from public life in anticipation of her divorce, but that didn't mean shrinking away from the spotlight entirely. Instead, she decided to focus on select causes that were important to her to re-establish a public role now she'd no longer be royal. Simple but eye-catching dresses like this red Jacques Azagury design, much more daring than the styles she'd worn as Princess of Wales, were a part of this re-invention.
20th November 1995: a casual trip to the gym for Diana... before her explosive TV interview with Martin Bashir aired that night, and the phrase 'there were three of us in this marriage' made headlines around the world.
July 1997: The leopard print swimsuit
With hindsight, this strikingly on-trend swimwear is more poignant than vengeful: the Princess wore the leopard print costume on what would be her last holiday with her sons William and Harry.
August 1997: The slogan jumper and cycling shorts
A slogan jumper and a pair of cycling shorts, typically worn to and from the swanky Harbour Club gym, were the Princess's go-to 'off duty' revenge ensemble. It's a look that's proved surprisingly enduring: most recently, Diana's casual attire formed the basis of Virgil Abloh's S/S'18 collection at Off/White.
Look back at Princess Diana's best Wimbledon ensembles in the gallery below...
Peak Sloane Ranger: a puff-sleeved floral wrap dress worn over a white high collar blouse, worn with the most famous engagement ring in the world.