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This Summer, Anklets For Women Reign Supreme


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And our feet couldn’t be more psyched.

The temperatures are rising, which means it’s time to hike up those hems and show off your ankles. And, because this isn’t Victorian England, A) that’s allowed, and B) you can adorn said ankle with some very cute and very sparkly jewels. That’s right, anklets for women are *officially* back in style.

If the last time you remember wearing an ankle bracelet was in the fifth grade and said piece of jewellery was made out of multicoloured plastic (you know the one), then you’ve been missing out. Anklets have had a major upgrade over the past several years, with brands like Paco Rabanne, Fendi and Miu Miu putting their own spin on the anklets for women trend. They’ve also been spotted on celebrity royalty like Beyoncé and Rihanna, so you know that it’s the outfit add-on of the moment.

For many people, the draw can be nostalgic; tapping in to the feeling of freedom and youth many experienced when they first dipped their toes into the world of anklets as a kid. Like the ever-returning Y2K trend, with flare jeans, checkered vans, and jelly sandals, anklets remind us of a time when we had less stresses and wore what we wanted purely because we wanted to.

For others, the allure of anklets might fall within a cultural scope. While the origins, meaning, and symbolism behind anklets has evolved as the jewellery has crossed cultures, similar designs have reportedly been found in Persia (now known as Iran) dating back to the end of the second millennium BC. There are also ties to India and Africa. So let’s just say, they’ve been around for awhile.

Culture-aside, the decision to don an anklet could be purely aesthetic. Anklets for women are the perfect subtle accessory, adding just a glimmer to exposed skin (or making a fashion statement in-and-of-themselves). But how do you embrace the trend without looking like you’re at recess? Below, we’ve rounded up some A+ anklet options (and a few editor-approved tricks) for every style.

Jenny Bird Dane anklet

Photography courtesy of Jenny Bird

It’s a classic for a reason. For those whose style tends to err into the more quiet luxury sphere, this tubular anklet in gold ion-plated steel is a simple yet effective addition to your summer rotation.

This pick is perfect to throw on with a pair of white linen pants and a chunky sandal. Want to add some more interest? Pair the Dane with a finer anklet made of pearl or chain-link silver for a chic layering effect.

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Mejuri Micro pearl ankle

Photography courtesy of Mejuri

Is there anything more classy than pearls with an outfit? The answer is no, and the same applies for your feet. Throw this dressy anklet on as the final-touch to your summer wedding welcome reception or rehearsal dinner looks. Or, if you like to romanticize the everyday, use it as a go-to accoutrement to elevate your day-to-day dressing.

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Free People Ruelle anklet

Photography courtesy of Free People

If you’re looking for something that screams boho or maximalist,  then a charm-riddled anklet or something with coloured gemstones will be the best option. This beaded Free People ankle bracelet should be the go-to for anyone who wants to channel OG fashion vibes.

Reminiscent of plastic woven confections made by you and your bestie at summer camp, this would shine when paired with shorts, a denim skirt, or your fave bathing suit as you jump off the dock this summer.

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Amina Muaddi tennis anklet

Photography courtesy of Holt Renfrew

You’ve heard about tennis bracelets and tennis necklaces, and now we have tennis anklets for women. (Call it the Challengers effect.) The best part? It’s glam and very versatile! If you’re not feeling like emphasizing your feet, you could stack it on your wrist as an additional bracelet. The possibilities for bling are endless.

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Stone and Strand anklet

Photography courtesy of Mytheresa

Are you a guest at approx. 8,000 weddings this summer? Because, same. Add some spice to your wedding guest outfit with a simple but gorgeous charm anklet. The dainty finish is perfect for adding some polish to a satin slip dress and chrome-coloured heels.

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Miu Miu cord and nylon bracelet

Photography courtesy of Miu Miu

While this Miu Miu anklet is a bit of a departure from what we may be used to in the ankle accessories department, that doesn’t make it any less wearable.

This nylon version is for the outdoors-person who wants to bring a hint of durable fashion to their summer adventures. It’s giving MEC in the chicest way.

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Pandora Barbed Wire Heart bracelet set

Pandora anklets for women

While not labelled as an anklet per se, this bracelet set from Pandora can work double duty as a bracelet *and* chunky anklet. The result is an instant ode to early 2000s dressing. Paris Hilton would be proud.

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Maison Mönik bamboo anklet

Photography courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

Colour is always in, and that is arguably the most important when it comes to jewellery. Add a pop of vibrancy and texture to any outfit with this unique bamboo anklet. Whether you’re headed to the farmer’s market or infusing a boho vibe to a night out, it’s a the ideal piece for adding personality to an ensemble.

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