September has arrived, which means all of our pumpkin spice-flavored dreams are about to come true. While this transition might be difficult for some, most of us are ready for the change—especially since it includes cooler weather, cozy fires, and all the best holidays.
To help make the transition from summer to autumn as enjoyable as possible, we’ve rounded up some ways to enjoy this shift. Get ready to show the world how much fun fall can be!
Dress for the Moment
Here in Wilmington, we’re a bit spoiled. Autumn doesn’t necessarily mean frigid temperatures and whipping winds—more often than not, we’re sipping our pumpkin spice lattes while wearing shorts and tank tops. Because our autumn season is so mild, there’s no reason to wrap yourself in a parka the second the kids go back to school. Instead, transition to a fall look while keeping your coastal vibe. Ditch the winter coat for light layers and pull on a pair of wide legged jeans, which are making a comeback and perfectly capture our beachy, bohemian vibe. Another thing we don’t need right now? Heavy boots lined with fur. Instead, trade in your summer sandals for a pair of kitten heels—they’re laid back but still offer a fun bit of flair. For men and women, suede loafers are also a lightweight and cozy choice.
As for colors, this year the trends are changing from bright, bold hues to more muted tones—think mustard yellow, olive green, and pale pink blush. Buying a few key pieces in these kinder, gentler colors is a great way to embrace the season without investing in a completely new wardrobe.
Fall Flavor Guide
The biggest trend in food this fall is reinventing American Classics through unexpected ways. Take the burger for instance, pass on the ground beef and grill up burgers made from duck, lobster, pork belly, or squid. Interesting combinations not your thing? Add traditional fall flavors like squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and sage to your entrée or side item and voilà, your favorite summer recipes turn into rustic fall meals. For dessert, try fresh figs, ginger, apples, pears, and cinnamon. Each offer a range of intense autumn flavors and textures.
Infusing Your Home with Autumn Accents
The changing of the seasons is a great reason to update your home décor and give your house a fresh look. The same colors that will be popular for your wardrobe can also be used for your walls and accessories—bold pinks, navy blues, and olive greens work particularly well in homes. Adding pops of these colors via accent walls, throw pillows, or scatter rugs are easy ways to breathe new life into familiar spaces and embrace the new season.
Other small touches that can help you celebrate this time of year include an autumnal wreath on your front door, cloth napkins in hues of red and gold, and tablescapes that take their inspiration from the natural world—think pinecones, pomegranates, and pumpkins. If you’re feeling crafty, you can head to Michaels and try your hand at a DIY adventure. Mayfaire has plenty of stores to help make all your autumn dreams come true.