8 trends and 5 looks to get your closet ready for warmer weather

Columbus fashion guest blogger Molly Martin is a photo + fashion stylist and blogger onLovely + Rust.

This has been one long, cold winter. Shooting photos for this post just made me long for warmer days even more. I'm beyond ready. I'm beyond tired of every darn piece of winter clothing I own. Spring fever in full effect.

I'm not a colorful person. My wardrobe basically consists of black, grey, olive green, beige and shades of ivory & white. But I could get into these pastel, candy-coated shades that are popular this spring. It's color while still acting as a neutral.

Soft pants:
Whether you call them soft pants, harem pants or something else, these were big last year, but they're even more mainstream this year. Slouchy and cinched at the ankle, soft pants are cute casual or dressed up-not to mention the comfort factor.

Look 1:
Blush Blazer: Zara
White Tee: Fluxus
Pants: Vintage (mine)
Necklace: Tigertree
Heels: Zara

White blouses:
A classic white blouse is a wardrobe staple, but updated and fresh versions are a big trend this spring. Who would have thought they could make a white blouse we haven't seen?

Print pants:
Graphic, tribal or floral print pants can be more versatile than you might think. Just choose a print you love and won't get sick of. Combine two trends in one with this pastel floral pair.

Look 2:

Blouse, pants & heels: Zara

Wide-leg pants:
Isn't it nice to see other pant styles, besides skinny, get attention? Don't get me wrong, I still love my skinnies, but I appreciate that it seems anything goes right now. So, wear whatever style is the most flattering, and don't worry about trends so much when it comes to pants!

Crop tops:
I included crop tops inmy round up for Capital Style last spring, and they're still around. I stand by my previous advice on pairing them with high-waist pants.

Look 3:
Crop Top: Vintage (borrowed)
Sunglasses: Mink Pink
Pants: Zara
Clutch: Vintage
Heels: Zara

Of course it's not a new trend (first big in the '60s), but jumpsuits are growing in popularity over the last few years. I bought one from Anthropologie last year, and it was my go-to item all summer long.

Look 4:
Jumpsuit: Vintage (borrowed)
Necklace: Poor Sparrow (c/o)
Heels: Marni

I bought my first pair of Birkenstocks when I was in college. I must admit, when I threw them away years later, I never thought they'd be fashionable again. I was wrong. They're back, and they've had a makeover. Choose from more sophisticated styles like black or white patent.

Look 5:
Dress: Bar III - Macy's
Necklace:Yoni Yoni
Birkenstocks: Nordstrom

**A big THANK YOU to the following ladies...
Photographer:Kimberly Capriotti
Hair makeup:Lydia Brock
Model: Rachel Ninke (with Factor Women)
Candice Putter, for lending some fabulous vintage items & her input! She's also the designer behind Yoni Yoni (the amazing necklace in the last look).