5 Interview Outfits For Badass, Corporate Women

From what our lawyer and banker friends tell us, it seems the corporate world isn't keen on printed culottes and faux-leather leggings at work. Who knew? Apparently, if we were to get jobs as, say, accountants, we'd have to kiss our see-through tops (with pretty, peeking-out bralettes underneath) goodbye, too — at least until the weekend.  But, even if the office you're interviewing at adheres to a business-professional dress code, that shouldn't stump your creativity altogether. A badass corporate lady has the ability to turn her two-piece suits into fashion statements, and her colorful dresses and printed totes into unassuming, 9-to-5 staples. Ahead, we're sharing five HR-approved looks to help you make a great first impression. Go get 'em, tiger!
The Trench Dress
Atea Oceanie is shepherding in a new wave of corporate wares with its utterly modern (but totally sophisticated) trench dress. Its structured silhouette and ivory tone make it a perfect dress for spring. Teamed with block heels for color and a gray tote, your finished look will show that you mean business. 
The Wide-Legged Pant
There's an assumption that wide-legged pants are "fashion-person pants." We do love them, of course, but with proper tailoring and styling they can easily integrate with even the most corporate of office-attire wardrobes. Here, we've teamed black trousers with a camel waistcoat, boxy shoulder bag, and subtly printed pumps. 
The Colorful Dress
While the majority of corporate suiting comes in shades of gray, blue, black, or another neutral, there are subtle, appropriate ways to integrate fashion-forward colors and prints into your weekly lineup. Sandro's high-necked, crepe dress and Coach's floral-appliquéd satchel are instantly polished with a black blazer. J.Crew's mint flats — while in an unexpected hue — will help you channel professional vibes, too. 
The Corporate Matching Set
We tend to associate matching sets with music festivals, Taylor Swift, and fashion week. But, the coordinated separates also work at work — take Zara's contemporary, striped set, for example. 
The Two-Piece Suit
Workwear doesn't get any more classic than the two-piece suit: Reiss' printed blazer and cropped pants offer everyday-suit wearers a warm-weather update. Meanwhile, a flowy, tie-front blouse, pastel tote, and kitten heels help showcase your fashion know-how — in an appropriate way.

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