The ankle bracelet has become one of the hottest accessories this season. Sleek or playful, simple or intricate, the ankle bracelet has a unique charm and adds a creative vibe to any outfit. But before getting an anklet there are a couple of things you should know about this jewelry piece. Read further to find out how to buy different types of bracelets and discover the ankle bracelet that matches your personal style.

What is an ankle bracelet?

As the name suggests it, an ankle bracelet (or anklet) is a type of bracelet that you wear around your ankles. It looks gorgeous with flat sandals, pumps, and even sneakers. As more and more women have started to adopt this trend, you can find a lot of styles for the anklet. From simple thin chain ankle bracelets to anklets with charms, geometric shapes or even gemstones, there is a whole universe out there waiting for you to discover it.

And while the anklet has been on the rise for the past few years, the tradition of wearing anklets goes way back. The oldest anklets in the world belong to the Mesopotamia civilization 4,500 years ago. In Ancient Egypt, women used to wear ankle bracelets to point at their social status. The gold ankle bracelet indicated high social status, while silver and iron told that the wearer belonged to a lower class.

To this day, Indian women wear ankle bracelets as part of their wedding tradition. Besides that, a married woman wears an ankle bracelet with charms that jingle so that men know when she is about to come inside the room and cease any indecent talking. In the rural regions of India, women wear rigid anklets to symbolize endurance and fortitude.

Last, but not least in South Asia women would wear anklets on both feet united with a chain. The purpose of this practice was to learn the short tripping step which was considered to be a feminine way of walking.

What to consider when buying an ankle bracelet?

Buying an ankle bracelet can be more difficult than it sounds. There are a couple of things you need to take into consideration, such as the style, the metal, and the size. Read on to find out how to buy the perfect anklet for you.

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The Style

The style of the ankle bracelet is important when deciding what kind of shoes to wear. If you plan on wearing your anklet with sneakers and a crop top, choose a style with playful charms or even beads. However, if you want to wear it with pumps and an elegant dress, choose a more subtle version for an ankle bracelet. We advise you to get at least two or three anklets of different styles so that you can wear them with all of your flat shoes, sandals, pumps, and sneakers. When you have more than one ankle bracelet, you can also play with layering them to create a statement look.

The Metal

When it comes to the metal, most women prefer gold anklets, but this doesn’t mean that you should too. Yes, a gold anklet bracelet is very pretty and looks gorgeous with a tan. But a silver anklet is also nice and it allows you to style it with colors that don’t work that good with gold, like orange or yellow. Remember that an ankle bracelet is a jewelry piece and while a stainless steel bracelet can look elegant, a stainless steel anklet will look simply weird.  Stick to gold and silver for your anklets, please.

The Size

Last, but not least, the size of the ankle bracelet is very important. You need to decide whether you want your anklet bracelet to hang loosely below the anklet or tightly above it. We recommend you to wear your ankle bracelet below the ankle with sandals or flip-flops or above it with sneakers and pumps. The best way to get the right size for your loose ankle bracelet is to measure your ankle and add between 0.5 and 1 inches to that size.

For example, if your ankle is 10 inches, then you need an ankle bracelet size 10.5 to 12.5. If you are unsure about the size or want to get an ankle bracelet that works below as ankle as well as above it, get a smaller size and necklace extender as well.  Using a necklace extender to wear your ankle bracelet more than one way is a wonderful idea.

How to wear an ankle bracelet

Now that you know how to get the perfect ankle bracelet for you, you need to pay attention to how to wear it. As we said before, you can wear your anklet with sneakers, flat shoes, and sandals as well as high heel sandals and pumps. While there are a lot of wonderful options for wearing your ankle bracelet, you need to keep in mind that you should avoid ankle-strap shoes and sandals. You don’t want the straps to clash with the anklet and result in a mess, do you? Other than this, the world is your oyster as they say. Wear your anklet anytime, anywhere. Get creative and stack them if you feel like obtaining a statement look.

Anklets are fabulous so it’s time to get a couple of them and try out this amazing trend. If you want to get unique gold anklets, visit Ana Luisa online jewelry shop and check out our collections.

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Ruxandra is a fashion blogger who teaches fashion stumped twenty to thirty somethings how to shop their jewelry boxes for polished new ensembles. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Fashionista, Nylon, and Refinery29.