June 20, 2016
By Jody Hume
SUMMER TREND ALERT: IS THE ANKLET BACK?
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.
Left: 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.