26 Monday, 14 September 2009 London Lite Fourtrends,29ofourbestbuys W hen autumn rolls around theres generally only one reason to celebrate t he onc om i n g c old weather -- the excuse to buy a new winter coat. Its probably the most important invest- ment well face all season, so we have to get it right. Sounds like serious business doesnt it? But choose wisely and youll garner atten- tion and compliments wherever you go over the next six months, all while staying toasty. Get it wrong and you will be left with an unsatisfying necessity that just doesnt cut it. Whether you like classic, edgy, bright or printed coats, this season there are plenty to choose from. To help you make the right decision weve picked our four favourite coat trends -- military, hounds- tooth, brights and heritage -- and shown you the best of the bunch. Military a perennial winter trend, especially for coats, so you cant go wrong with this classic style. On the catwalks Balmain and D&G all went for military buttons and frogging details. Our favour- ite on the high street, though, is from Yasmin Le Bons range for Wallis -- the gold embroidered cuff detail belies its 150 price tag. Brights Rainbow colour coats always cheer up drab, grey days, so going for a block-colour coat is an ideal mood-lifter. Red is classic and will never date -- we love the button detail version at Karen Millen (299) for its timeless appeal. But also check out Vivienne Westwoods amazing 467 red coat, too. Dont forget autumns other key colours -- weve found some lovely coats in purple and yellow. hounds-tooth Championed by Alexander McQueen, these jagged checks have been spied at Preen and DKNY, so are ultra-cool at the moment. Perfectly striking the balance between retro and contemporary, you can stick to monotone designs or go for bold such as the red and black take on the trend by Peoples Market at asos.com (115). heritage Tweeds and tartans such as those spotted at Gucci, Luella and Burberry Prorsum really work that herit- age look to the max and are another clas- sic winter look. Meanwhile, Cabbages & Roses has a vintage-style tartan princess coat (320) and River Island also has plenty of jaunty prints that you can choose from. by rebecca boyce THISWEEK lite loves Easy rider: Mayor Boris Johnson will lead the way in Sundays Skyride event HersHis CyCling in the City WOulDnT it be lovely if you could tootle around london, passing all our landmarks without a care in the world? no fear of being hit by a bus? On Sunday, you can! It used to be called Freewheel, but now it has been christened the Mayor Of londons Skyride. From 10am to 4pm a 15km route along the river, down The Mall and up to Buckingham Palace will be traffic-free for your two-wheeled pleasure. For details, go to new.britishcycling.org. uk/skyride Boys on trend Lads, surely youve been jealous of quite how much of Oxford Circus is devoted to female shopping? Well, no more. Come Thursday, the worlds largest fashion store (thatll be Topshop) is doubling its Topman space with the opening of a new upper floor. as well as housing fab fashion it will also be home to the Topman stylist concierge, an EaT caf, a barber and the worlds first official concession of cult music boutique Rough Trade Records. Posh nosh Chez nous We aRe so tired of everyone banging on about the credit crunch, IN&OUTTONIGHT T-shirt 30, French Connection thelook JeffersonHack& AnouckLepere caMILLa rIDLey-Day Boots 120, Oasis Tights 6, Topshop Jacket 100, Topman Shoes 20, Schuh Bag 20, Topshop Trousers 50, Topman Wrapup winter styleina coolcoatA little less conversation, a little more action www.quickflirt.com index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html