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DressCoded is an original Revelist series that provides on-point outfits for life's toughest fashion scenarios. You're welcome.

So you just broke up with someone. Ouch. Whether the relationship was great or terrible and no matter how long it lasted, that's never an easy thing to come back from — especially when you and your former significant other run in the same crowds, live in the same neighborhoods, or even work in the same office.

Naturally, if you know you're running into someone you used to date, you want to look good. Really dang good. No matter where you're bound to run into you-know-who, there's a killer outfit for that.

If you share a friend group with your ex, you're likely to run into them at a party or during a night on the town.

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This situation calls for something seriously head-turning with a lot of leg.

Multicolor Sequin Dress ($30, Zara)

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Thanks to its multicolored sequins, sweetheart neckline, and high hem, this dress is the ultimate party staple. And if you think you're going to see someone who potentially broke your heart while you're trying to have a fun time, you want to make sure they see you — and your fabulous legs.

Ribbed Top ($13, H&M)

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As great as that dress is, it's not exactly warm — and it's still extremely cold out here in these streets. Luckily, low-cut dresses are prime material for layering with turtlenecks and other tops with necklines such as this one. You'll still achieve all the wow factor without freezing your butt off.

Gold Stiletto Mirror Boots ($85, FSJ)

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A flashy minidress requires a pair of shoes that can do two major things. First of all, you need a high heel to lengthen the appearance of your legs. Second, you need something dazzling enough to draw people's eyes down your legs and toward your feet. These stiletto boots do both.

Open Star Statement Earrings ($1, Romwe)

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Whether or not your ex-whoever recognized it, you're a damn star. Might as well show that off in a literal sense.

Maybe you and this person work in the same office (woof), in which case you'll want to prove that you're thriving in every sense of the word.

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If it's a bad business bitch you are, then it's a bad business bitch's wardrobe you're going to have.

Curve Red Suit ($135, ASOS)

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Your regular office suit is nice and all, but have you considered one in bright, bold red? It's still intimidating, professional, and screams, "LOOK HOW MUCH I SUCCEED BY MYSELF." This one is specifically tailored for curvy bodies, so its close fit will add just enough sex appeal too.

Draped Bodysuit in Red ($18, H&M)

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The number one way to take an outfit from regular to truly bangin' is to make it all one color. The cut of this red number might be too sexy for more conservative offices, but not for post-work drinks with colleagues.

Marc Fisher LTD Zala Pump in Red ($80, Nordstrom Rack)

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I told you everything in this outfit would be red. This pump is perfect for the workday thanks to its thick block heel, which makes them far more comfortable than most.

Alright Sunglasses ($55, Quay Australia)

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If "I Don't F*ck With You" by Big Sean was a pair of sunglasses, it'd be this pair, and that's the exact kind of energy you're looking to bring when running into an ex who's also a coworker. Stroll into the office wearing these every morning and you'll make your message super clear.

If you and you-know-who live in the same neighborhood and frequent the same coffee spots and restaurants, try an everyday outfit only someone who's living their best life would sport.

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This outfit is comfortable but still so cute that your ex will have to take note of it.

Ribbed Fitted Off-the-Shoulder Sweater ($31, Express)

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Off the shoulder sweaters are cute, cozy, and eye-grabbing all at once, which makes it the perfect item to throw on if you're meeting for a quick "we need to talk" coffee.

Midi Skirt with Box Pleat in Polka Dot Print ($32, ASOS)

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The main goal of this outfit is to look extremely put-together and very, very cute. That means it's time to pull out a flowing, dotted skirt that's not too tight or flashy but a little more dressed up than jeans.

Steve Madde Brinkley Over-the-Knee Stretch Boot ($100, Nordstrom)

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Wearing over-the-knee boots with anything but a miniskirt or minidress might sound utterly insane, but trust me, it works. It's a high-fashion move with low risk, and it'll keep you warm while proving you're more polished than the rest of the bunch.

Women's Flannel Military with Suede Trim Newsboy Hat ($13, Target)

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Hats just pull all outfits together and make whoever's wearing them appear a solid 20% more fashionable. Plus, it gives you a sort-of incognito look that'll have your ex questioning what you're getting up to without them.