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TRENDS

June 20, 2016

By Jody Hume

SUMMER TREND ALERT: IS THE ANKLET BACK?

Anklet Trend
Are bare ankles out? Calvin Klein showed a chunky gold chain with pared-down platform sneakers for Spring 2016. Sophie Buhai, maker of minimalist jewelry for her eponymous line as well as runway jewelry for Christophe Lemaire, recently Instagrammed a compelling image of a simple silver chain adorning a classic black heel (#Manolo?) captioned ‘Power Anklet.’ And Clare Waight Keller outfitted the #Chloégirls in beachy, charm versions of the anklet, hanging languidly atop simple slides and mixing in among the ankle ties of strappy, knotted sandals.

Anklet Trend ChloéLeft: Power anklet image by @sophiebuhai; Right: Chloé Spring 2016

All of this raises the question: Is now the time to invest in an elevated ankle bracelet? We say, yes. When compared to bracelets, anklets make a powerful statement, more talisman than simple accessory. Add to that the fact that we’ve already traded in our skinny jeans for cropped, wide-leg pants — a 70s-inspired trend with staying power — and that with any luck summer means days spent barefoot or in sandals on a beach or lawn somewhere, and it’s clear the ankle is a zone prime for adornment.
Another reason the ankle bracelet feels right for right now? It goes hand-in-hand with the current craze for flat mules like Gucci’s Princetown loafers. Wearing an anklet with this low-key style is a cool-girl take on the trend that feels miles away from the over-the-top look of an ankle bracelet paired with teetering stilettos.

Anklet Trend Gucci

How to choose a style? To keep it feeling modern, pick something minimal. Instead of floral or shell motifs, opt for delicate chains and tiny abstract charms. If you go for something more substantial, stick with streamlined styles like simple chain links or pearls.

RealStyle_582x360_3 (20)14K Wheat Chain Anklet, $220; Andrew Gn Pearl Bead Ankle Bracelet, $275; Armenta Diamond Charm Ankle Bracelet, $425