Tulips & Boots

Sponsored Post: This post is in partnership with Washington Shoe Company. As part of my partnership, I was asked to co-host an event and create blog and social posts about my experience. All opinions are my own, of course!

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have recently seen a few photos from an adventure up to the Skagit Valley Tulip Fields. I was so honored to be asked to co-host the event with Washington Shoe Company, who makes rain boots under the brands Chooka and Western Chief (available at retailers like Nordstrom, Target, Fred Meyer, and Kohl’s.)

Tossing Petals at Skagit Valley Tulip Festival // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion & Style Blog Photo by Hilary of The Cutie Life

Washington Shoe Company is celebrating 125 years being in business (right here in Seattle! Their original factory location is in the Pioneer Square neighborhood just a few blocks from where I work.) Prior to the event, I had no idea the brands under Washington Shoe Company were even local to us here in Seattle. I’d seen Chooka rain boots at Target and Nordstrom when shopping for a pair, but never realized they were manufactured just about 30 minutes from here. There’s something special about supporting local businesses and seeing their success. Washington Shoe Company sells about 3 million pairs of boots annually across the nation and globally!

How to Wear Rain Boots with a Dress // Hello Rigby Seattle Style & Fashion Blog

How to Wear Rain Boots

What I’m Wearing

Sweater: Nordstrom (similar)
Dress: Golden Tote (similar)
Boots:  Sara Lace Up Rain Boot c/o Chooka (P.S. Get a free travel mug with $40 purchase, just use code CHOOKAMUG at checkout through 4/30!)
Socks: Winter Boot Socks c/o Mo & Cho Boutique
Necklace: Purre Boutique (similar)

Photos of me by Julia of Style & Cheek

Chooka Sara Rain Boot with Boot Socks // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion & Style Blog

Many of my favorite local bloggers and their plus ones joined us for a fun day of sunshine, outfit snapping, and boot stomping (not on the flowers, of course!) around Mount Vernon. The weather couldn’t have been better. It was in the high 60s, the sun was shining, and the blooms were just beautiful. If you’re ever in the area during springtime, it’s an experience you must take in. People travel from all over just to get a glimpse of the fields, and I’m beyond lucky to have it within an hour’s drive.

How to Wear Rain Boots for Spring // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion & Style Blog

I was worried I was going to get too cold, but instead, the sweater ended up protecting my arms from getting burnt! A few of the girls ended up with sunburns since the sun was so bright that day! (Seattle problems, we don’t even remember to use sunscreen we see the sun so rarely! Just kidding. Kind of.) To keep my feet happy, I also wore a pair of contrasting boot socks from Mo and Cho. The socks were so cozy and despite the warm weather, didn’t make my feet too warm.

Woman in Tulip Fields at Skagit Valley Tulip Festival // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion & Style Blog

Of course, no adventure to the tulip field would be complete without some foot protection (you know, from muddy puddles and whatnot) so obviously I donned my Sara Rain Boots courtesy of Chooka. They were so comfortable and I love the edginess that the lace up detail provides. When thinking about how to wear rain boots, I had originally planned on a floral dress to contrast the edgy vibe of my boots. Last minute, however, I opted for a striped swing dress and mustard cardigan.

Two Tone Purple White Tulip at Washington Tulip Festival // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion & Style Blog

During lunch, Washington Shoe Company let us in on a few trends that we can expect to see in 2016 when it comes to boots and I thought it would be fun to share since this is a style blog after all! For spring 2016, colors are key, and this year expect to see lots of pastels like papaya, sunflower, lavender, and mint. Prints are in again, and floral prints are especially popular for both women and kids. Expect to see muted, vintage patterns from Chooka like these poppy boots, and bright patterns like this one from Western Chief. Duck boots are both useful and fashionable, and Western Chief makes an affordable pair at $72. (P.S. Save even more with code TULIP5 at checkout! You’ll get $5 off a $25 purchase on women’s and kid’s boots through 4/30!)

Chooka Boots & Western Chief Tulip Event // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion & Style Blog

Chooka is more of the fashion line, so mid-calf boots and booties will be coming back for spring and fall. Updated, trendy styles like laser cut booties, wedges, and color block options will be coming soon! Chooka offers a more modern take on the traditional duck boot with a canvas upper/rubber step-in, and leather upper duck bootie. (P.S. Get a free travel mug with $40 purchase, just use code CHOOKAMUG at checkout through 4/30!)

How to Style Rain Boots // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion & Style Blog

For my fellow commuters, the packable boot from Chooka is a fun option to keep your feet dry on the way to and from work without having to be stuck in a rain boot all day. They easily roll up and come with their own nylon bag for storing. Coming in fall 2016, Chooka is introducing a new line called the Belmont Collection which will feature riding style, waterproof leather boots. I can’t wait for these to be released – a riding boot is a staple in my fall wardrobe and I would not mind an entirely waterproof one in my closet!

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival Roozengaarde // Hello Rigby Seattle Fashion & Style Blog

Are rain boots a staple for spring in your closet? How do you like to wear your rainboots? I’d love to hear all about your rain boot adventures, or if you’ve ever visited the Skagit Valley Tulips or something similar local to you!


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34 thoughts on “Tulips & Boots

  1. Kusum

    So adorable, Jenn! I was there the same weekend as you guys, wish I had known about the blogger field trip sooner, would have loved to join, oh well next time :) It really was the perfect weekend to be among the Tulips, such a gorgeous day that was.
    Love the boots, so chic and pairing it with those socks is such a fab idea, definitely adds to the cuteness.
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  2. Johanna @ Cloth & Castle

    Those boots are ADORABLE! I grew up in Stanwood so the tulip fields are practically a hometown thing for me, but I haven’t gotten out there for a few years (we are up in Bellingham now). What an awesome event that you got to host, and it looks like you got a perfect day for it!

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    1. Jenn Post author

      Aw thanks Johanna! It really was the perfect day, and how fun you were so close to it growing up! They’re absolutely beautiful!

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  3. Julia A.

    I’m so glad the photos worked out! And they’re cute! The one Hilary took (it was Hilary, right?) with you throwing the flowers is the best one though. Thanks for letting me be a part of this, it was such a fun event. Great day, pretty flowers, fun company.

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    1. Jenn Post author

      Of course! Thank YOU for the photos and for joining us! And yes, that was the photo Hilary took! I love how those turned out. :)

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  4. Erin

    I love the Skagit Valley tulips! My book club has a fun tradition of getting our families together every year and making the trek north from Seattle – but sadly, we were too late this year. :-( And I *also* love Western Chief rain boots – I’ve had a pair of black matte boots for 3 years now, and your post was just the inspiration I needed to get a new pair!

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    1. Jenn Post author

      What a fun tradition, but so sorry you missed them this year! It seems like they cut them early (though to be honest, I’m not sure of their normal timeline, haha!) Awesome, so happy to hear that and hope you love your new pair of rain boots. Which ones did you get? :)

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  5. Autumn

    These boots are so cute!! I love that they are lace up too. Atlanta rains a lot as well and I always bought croc flats as an alternative to my feet not getting wet. Hunter boots look kind of funny on me because I have thick calves and I don’t enjoy the look of the huntress boots as much because they aren’t as fitted. I will have to check these out!!

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    1. Jenn Post author

      Definitely! These are a nice flexible style but I think they look great on a wide variety of leg shapes and sizes! The laces were such a unique feature that I had to have them! :)

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