Breaking up may be hard to do, but today’s stars know that looking gorgeous post-split is the easiest way to kick heartache to the curb. The most recent example: Hilary Duff, who just weeks ago split from hockey-playing hubby Mike Comrie, showing up to her first post-split event looking hotter than ever in a cute patterned dress, structured blazer, ankle-strap heels, and a sexy bordeaux lip. But Duff isn’t the only Hollywood star who’s come back with a vengeance after a breakup. Here are 12 ladies who make being newly single look really, really good.
Her heartbreaking split from basketballer Lamar Odom wasn’t pretty, but Khloe Kardashian’s look following the breakup sure was. Showing off a svelter figure and wowing in white at The Hollywood Reporter’s 2013 Women in Entertainment Breakfast, Kardashian makes it look like Odom is the farthest thing from her mind.
Not that the supermodel ever looks anything less than amazing, but after calling it quits with actor Orlando Bloom, the Victoria’s Secret model showed up everywhere she could looking classy and sexy.
She had to know it was coming, but a breakup with the one and only George Clooney will make any lady hurt. But Stacy Keibler didn’t waste any time getting back on the horse, looking dark and glamorous in LBDs, sleek buns, and daring lip colors.
It’s kind of hard to keep up with all of Taylor Swift’s song-inspiring breakups, but her most recent split from One Direction’s Harry Styles propelled the singer into a sexy sartorial spiral unlike anything we’ve ever seen from her.
Painful though it was, Heidi Klum didn’t let her divorce from singer Seal get her down for long. Looking practically sunny in bright yellow at the 2013 Elton John Oscar Party, Klum gave off plenty of sexy appeal in a back-baring minidress.
It may have been one of the worst Hollywood breakups to date, but Rihanna’s split from singer Chris Brown was the best thing that ever happened to her (in more ways than one). Going red hot from head to toe at the 2010 American Music Awards, Rihanna proved her best days in life and on the red carpet were still ahead.
After quite the messy cheating scandal and subsequent breakup with longtime lover Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart had a lot of reputation mending to do. And what better way to do it than by wearing this stunning floral Zuhair Murad dress on the red carpet?
We’re pretty sure Selena Gomez is now thanking her lucky stars that she left her Justin Bieber days behind her — both because of his most recent antics and because it brought her style game to a whole new level.
How’s the “Sexiest Woman Alive” supposed to rebound from a divorce from one of Hollywood’s hottest men? By whipping out a seductive and revealing Dolce & Gabbana gown at the 2011 Oscars, of course.
It’s never easy to leave the one you love, but if it means Jennifer Lopez — who split from singer Marc Anthony in 2011 — starts showing up everywhere dressed in bold, curve-hugging dresses like this one, it may be worth it.
Following a quiet split from American Idol host Ryan Seacrest last March, actress Julianne Hough was spotted stepping out in sexier and more sophisticated pieces, like this burgundy crop-top-and-skirt combo at the Marc Jacobs show last September.
The breakup with her Vampire Diaries costar Ian Somerholder may have been amicable, but when you work with your ex-boyfriend, a sexy outfit or two — like the cleavage-baring two piece Nina Dobrev wore to the 2013 Teen Choice Awards — never hurts.