Springlike weather sure took its sweet time coming. After a wild and woolly winter, most Oklahomans are reveling in a change in temperature and a change in clothes. Sweaters and boots are being pitched to the back of the closet as women make room for pieces that are lighter, cheery and colorful. It will be a few more weeks before trees turn green and flowers stretch for the sun, but according to the calendar, it’s spring. That’s reason enough to ditch the dark and drab. While many of spring’s fashion trends will seem familiar, plenty of pieces deliver a touch of newness, a different take on color or shape, and inch closer to the needs of women. "Lots of designers and companies are focusing on things women spend money on and get a lot of use from,” said Brook Balentine, a buyer for Cayman’s in Norman. "Buy now, wear now, but wear for a while. You don’t feel like you’re having to replace your full wardrobe so often. You’re adding a few fun pieces.” Fun seems to be a word that comes up often when talking about spring. Fun and feminine. "I think feminine is a good word with all the pastels, neutrals and nude colors,” Balentine said. Once a woman finds her perfect neutral shade, there’s nothing classier, she said. It brings a bit of sophistication and modernity. Women can then add color with a handbag, sandal or jewelry. Color doesn’t just land on accessories, though. Along with neutral hues of khaki, champagne, beige and taupe, color pops forth in juicy lemon, grape, orange and lime. Blue, a color that rarely gets raves, is getting plenty of attention in cerulean, royal and turquoise. Floral prints always come around when the weather warms, but this season also brings geometrics and watercolor prints. Skinny pants continue to hang around, fuller skirts gain ground on dresses, chambray grabs attention, and cargo pants make a strong case for ease and comfort. Shorts either stretch long or show lots of leg. Draping adds a feminine touch, and sheer details and cut-outs are sexy. Lucite is a clear choice for accessories. Balentine said many of these pieces are almost like basics that women can wear often. They appeal to women of many ages who will wear them differently, she said. Dresses have had a strong presence for several seasons, so it’s no surprise that pants and skirts are getting some love. Denim leggings are the newest reincarnation of the style, but skinny pants co-exist with fuller styles and more relaxed cargos. What’s catching the most attention is a slim trouser cropped at the ankle. "It’s nice, clean and different, but it’s still comfortable,” Balentine said. That’s also a look Cindy Shelby likes. Shelby, owner of Ruth Meyers in Nichols Hills, said the Audrey Hepburn-style pants look fresh and current with flats. Skirts are like a breath of fresh air, too. "They’re cool in the summer, and I think everyone’s really responding to a skirt that has some personality,” Shelby said. Carrying over from previous seasons are ruffles, military detail, layers, gladiator sandals and maxi dresses. "I love ruffles right now,” Shelby said. "They’re not over the top.” Ruffles also find a place on shoes and handbags. With two different color palettes coming on strong, Shelby said she likes to pair a neutral shoe with a brightly colored dress. "I think it looks so fresh to have a nude shoe that just kind of melts away and elongates the leg. It’s different from the expected black shoe.” DeDe Benham, owner and general merchandise manager of Balliet’s, said dresses continue to excite, from prim and proper "Mad Men”-type dresses to sexy, asymmetrical styles with elastic and zippers. "Miss Priss to Miss Rocker, they’re all wearing dresses. They will wear them with textured hose, with leggings, with booties, with gladiators, with flats. But they will wear them. Top them with a casual jacket and add a belt.” At the other end of the spectrum is the casual trend, led by cargos but also including pants, shorts and jackets, Benham said. Alex Bratton, a self-proclaimed girlie-girl and buyer for On a Whim, likes billowy blouses paired with minimalistic bottoms, either a skinny skirt or skinny pants. "Overall, it’s feminine,” she said of spring fashion. "There are so many prints and embellishments on everything, you really feel like a girl.” Many blouses and T-shirts are embellished with beading, sequins, lace, bows, embroidery and ruffles, Bratton said, but at the same time, a woman can go a different direction with a menswear plaid shirt and a ruched, high-waisted skirt. "It’s very sexy.” While gladiator sandals, clogs and flats aren’t losing their foothold, one of the season’s strongest looks in footwear is the midheel or kitten heel, Bratton said. It will update your wardrobe immediately. Another hot accessory is the linen scarf. "It’s a must-have,” she said.