photos by JYLARE SMITH
tee: h&m
jacket: c/o choies
jeans: gap
heels: c/o sole society (similar)
scarf: c/o tea collection (similar)
bag: c/o sassy steals
sunglasses: c/o lulu*s
Scarves are such a perfect spring piece, and they’re huge this year — both literally and figuratively (have you guys heard the term “Blanket Scarf?” They’re exactly what you think they are). I love wearing scarves, and think they’re a great completer piece to simple outfits. If you’re not sure how to wear yours, try these tips:
1. Keep the rest of your outfit fitted and structured. A big statement piece like an oversized scarf can look unruly when paired with a relaxed outfit. So when wearing it, put on your fitted jeans and then complete the structured look with a blazer or jacket and some feminine heels.  
2. Tuck your hair. When you’re wearing a big scarf like this, and your hair is laying on top of the scarf, it’s forcing your hair to stick so far out and it just looks weird. So tuck away. Plus, the faux bob illusion is popular right now, so why not give it a shot when you have a perfect place to tuck that long hair? 
  • tip: part your hair down the back and pull each half to the front; then put the scarf on and bunch and pull out little sections as desired.
3. Bigger is not always better. Like I mentioned above, there are some scarves in stores right now that are quite literally blankets. If I took my throw blanket from my couch right now and put it around my neck, I would look silly. Some of these options are just as big, and are just not flattering. So go easy on the “oversized.” Big scarves are fun. Giant scarves are almost always (if not always) too much. 
(and if you want to make yourself one, it’s the easiest thing in the world…just buy 1 1/2 to 2 yards of fabric, wash and dry it, and then wrap it around your neck!)
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Now on to the giveaway! The purse in the photos above is my new favorite black bag. I love the shape that is reminiscent of the popular Celine bag, the durable and wipeable material, and how it opens up nice and wide so I can see aaaaaallllll my junk in there. 
Today Sassy Steals is giving away one of these bag (your choice of black, like mine, or mint!) FULL of gorgeous jewelry from Apple of my Eye to one lucky reader! Enter with the rafflecopter below to win! 
  • is the giveaway international?

  • I'm in! Love the outfit lady!

  • This outfit is perfect in every way and I love your styling tips! πŸ™‚


  • love your style tips Merrick (especially the hair tucking – you make it look effortless and fabulous).

  • You look just adorable – love the leopard pumps with this too!
    Chic on the Cheap

  • This outfit is great!! Great giveaway too! Thanks!!

  • Thanks for the tips!!!! I have an oversized scarf and never knew if the "hair tuck" was correct hah glad to see it's fashionable to do it that way πŸ™‚

  • Love this shooting locale! And love the outfit too, of course. πŸ™‚

  • Oh, this is a great idea for a date night outfit this weekend! I have LOADS of big scarves!

  • oh how timely. I put on an oversized scarf this morning and thought "perfect way to feel cozy and look stylish"

  • Loving this scarf! I wouldn't have thought about tucking my hair but it totally makes since because my hair always hangs over the scarf and looks super awkward! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!


  • I JUST posted about wearing an oversize scarf! I paired mine with a mini dress. I didn't tuck my hair, but hopefully it passes the test!


  • the bag kind of reminds me of phillip lim's pasley bag πŸ™‚

  • Love this outfit and the tips. Thanks so much!

  • I normally scroll through and casually look at the adorable outfits you come up with, but today was different. I saw your bag and I immediately scrolled to the bottom to click on the link because I NEED that bag. I was so sad it wasn't there (or I couldn't find it). It was only then I realized it was a giveaway! Awesome.

  • I luuurrrvvvv big scarves! I have a 'blanket scarf' from Zara and I love it. But I'm 6'0" tall so I'm kinda big to begin with, I promise it doesn't look awful on me. It probably looks similar to what you're wearing here! Thanks for the chance to win, looks like a gorgeous bag!

  • Wow! This is an Amazing giveaway! You're awesome! Thanks so much! I don't think I could pull of a scarf that big but it looks great on you!

  • I love apple of my eye jewelry btw! I rly hope I win this., crossing everything!

  • I love this outfit and that scarf! I also am a fan of the chunky/big sweaters but I never feel like I can pull off the look..thanks for the tips!

  • Love that bag! Thanks

  • One of my favorite things to wear traveling is an oversized scarf because you can cuddle up to it on the plane, yet still look cute and presentable as you travel. Thanks for the wonderful tips πŸ™‚

  • What a great post! I never thought of tucking my hair into the scarf, but it actually looks really great!

  • Ahhhh mint!!!! It is so springy!! Tomorrow morning it'll be -15 w -25 windchill here in mpls! I'm done w winter! I need spring colors!!! Thanks for the fun giveaway… I can dream!

  • Oh my goodness, this is all PERFECT!!! So exciting!!$

  • Love this look! Those jeans are gorgeous too!

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  • love ur look!

  • Would love to win!

  • I'm so excited! Desperately in need of a new (fashionable) handbag and accessories. All hail a competition which evades tight budgeting πŸ˜‰

  • Is there any way to still purchase that bag? It's kind of perfect.

  • Would love to know who won the giveaway!!