Weather Wise: Spring Female

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Outfits 0904

Outerwear

The 21-ounce Isis Bridget ($225) packs a punch. The two-layer shell has a zip-off hood, a convertible powder skirt and a collar exit portal for a hydration-pack hose. Complement the Bridget with the lightweight Godiva pants ($165), featuring hip-to-knee venting to bring in the breeze. isisforwomen.com

Midlayer

The designers of the Isis selene vest ($100) had diverse inspirations: motorcycle riding (for style) and honeycomb (for texture). The vest is lined with microfleece for wind protection, and Powerstretch side panels reduce already minimal bulk. isisforwomen.com

Base layer

The Smartwool Microweight fitted tee ($45) and boy brief ($35) are as thin and soft as your favorite weathered T-shirt. The tee's short, feminine sleeves and shallow neckline make for an almost lingerie cut. The boxers are knit to hug, not bunch. smartwool.com

Sunglasses

The Native Silencer ($120) walks a fine line: Its soft nose pads and temple grips hold it in place-without creating pressure points. Four sets of lenses help you keep pace with the shifting clouds of spring. nativeyewear.com

Hat The Shred Alert Spring Beanie ($28) is ver-satile and breathable. Grab it for a mild day on the slopes or a jog with the dog. The flower-accent band is subtle enough to enhance-not overwhelm-the look. shredalert.com

Gloves The Kombi Back Country ($48) impresses with simple, smart features. Its shell blocks wind while Thinsulate insulation promises warmth without bulk. The old-school leather palm is a nod to the notion that less is indeed more. kombisports.com

Sept. 2004