At the mid-season variable temperatures, for which the yarn sweater is too light but the wool coat is too heavy, there is only one valid common denominator: our beloved waterproof trench coat. The quintessential autumnal cult item, the evergreen gabardine outerwear (patented by Burberry at the beginning of the 1900s) has become over the years a true symbol of style with a British and sophisticated accent, ideal for raising a basic look or as a complement for office uniforms severe and elegant.

Over the years the original military-looking trench coat (the first Aquascutum was used in armies) as the one wearing Audrey Hepburn in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” has seen all colors (from classic beige to black, through tartan prints, floral motifs and metallic dyes), has renewed texture and fabrics (from vinyl, to taffeta, from eco-leather to denim, to the tulle model by Simone Rocha sported recently by Alexa Chung) and has undergone reductions and additions in cloth terms: it was made in all lengths, from the mini to the extra long, but always finding a place in the heart of all women, and in their wardrobe.

For the autumn of 2019 the trench coat reveals details in the collar and in the contrasting cuffs, it is long, oversized and has lantern sleeves, as the latest trend requires.

Like any self-respecting cult item, it perfectly matches jeans, proving to be super versatile, not only matched with tailored suits and trousers, but also in a casual version. If with the addition of a pair of sneakers (white or multicolored) the trench coat becomes an ideal duster for everyday use, above an elegant sheath dress it can break the rigor bringing it back into balance.

A white shirt and moccasins will be enough to feel immediately in London and on rainy days, ankle boots and a midi dress complete the urban but chic outfits. A striped blouse, a beret on the head and a shoulder bag end the look with a Parisian flavor, while with a pair of elephant flared trousers and a wide-brimmed hat you will go back in time to the 70s.