Anklets are back and (dare we say it?) better than ever. From gilded golds to dainty pearls, here’s how to wear yours this summer.
The first time I wore an anklet, I was eight years old. And it wasn’t actually an anklet, it was a friendship bracelet that I had bought with my own pocket money from a beach stall in Cornwall. I tied it so tightly (mainly because I was scared it would fall off before I got to showcase it at school) that, on more than one occasion, I couldn’t feel my foot.
But, when September eventually came, I strode into school with the knowledge that my anklet made me the coolest kid in school.
Fast-forward a considerable number of years, and I walked into the Stylist office with the exact same feeling for garnering my ankle was a delicate gold anklet. It took all of 10 minutes before the words I had been waiting for hit: “Oh my God, I love your anklet, where did you get it from?”
Yes, mission accomplished! I was the cool kid once more, and it was all down to that 90s accessory we all once loved: the anklet.
Amongst the upper echelons of street stylers, the anklet has been around for quite some time. But these are also the directional women that tuck their slouchy trousers into cowboy boots and wrap banadanas around their wrists, so they aren’t to be wholly trusted when it comes to everyday attire.
However, when my favourite jewellery brands – Alighieri, Wald Berlin, Anissa Kermiche and Aurélie Bidermann – started dropping images of anklets on their Instagram feeds, I was overwhelmed joy. Finally, the 90s accessory I had been dreaming about (sorry bucket hats, you’re just not me for) was back in fashion.
Of course, things are different this time around. The anklets of 2019 aren’t threadbare, nor do they carry the faint whiff off salty seas. Instead, these are proper pieces of jewellery: they’re considered, elegant and elevated.
This is anklets 2.0.
In signature Alighieri style, this anklet is inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy and aptly titled ‘The Character Assassin’. The anklet features a ball-shaped charm attached to delicate textured chain. One to keep forever.
The Character Assassin 24kt gold-plated anklet, £195, Alighieri
Anissa Kermiche anklet
Gone are the days of plastic beads taking centre spot on our ankles. Nowadays, we are all about the pearls and, more specifically, these Anissa Kermiche ones.
Pearl anklet, £130, Anissa Kermiche
Ancient Greek Sandals anklet
Bold and chunky wins the race with this Ancient Greek Sandals anklet. Wear with one of their barely there sandals for maximum impact.
Charm anklet, £50, Ancient Greek Sandals
Wald Berlin anklet
Wald Berlin have really made a name for themselves with directional jewellery pieces often featuring pearls and shells. Naturally, they have taken this aesthetic to the feet and we are so here for it.
Pearl anklet, £125, Wald Berlin
You might already be familiar with Missoma’s incredibly popular ‘tiny horn’ necklace: in fact, you might already own it. This summer, though, you can have it garner both your neck and your ankle thanks to this little number.
Mini horn anklet, £85, Missoma
Pernille Corydon anklet
Fuss-free and guaranteed to get you 100 compliments (trust me, this comes from experience), add this anklet to your basket now.
Gold anklet, £62, Pernille Corydon
Make your anklet your new charm bracelet with this Rosantica number,
Shell anklet, £90, Rosantica
The shell anklet 2.0 - we are on board.
Gold shell anklet, £208, Aurélie Bidermann
Images: Getty / Instagram / Courtesy of brands