Fashion anklets, ankle chains, or ankle bracelets are ornaments put on around the ankle. Anklets and toe rings historically have been used for centuries by unmarried women in India, though in the United States both casual and more formal anklets became fashionable in the late twentieth century. While in western popular culture both younger men and women may wear casual leather anklets, they are popular among normally barefoot women, and more formal anklets made up of silver, gold, beads are commonly part of fashion jewelery for women.
Much more rarely, the ankle chains are joined by a stretch of chain to limit the step. This practice was once more prevalent in the Middle East, where the effect was to give a ‘feminine’ short tripping step. Today a few western women follow this practice, but rarely in public. A very few people even have ‘permanent’, e.g. soldered-on, ankle chains, and more rarely still, so is the connecting chain.
Fashion anklets: Materials used for making fashion anklets
Fashion anklets can be made of silver, gold, and other types of less precious metals as well of materials such as leather, plastic, nylon and other such materials. In the western world anklets or ankle chains are mainly used by younger females, but some older women also wear them. Metal anklets are of two types – flexible and inflexible. The flexible ones, often called Pajeb or Jhanjhar in India, are made by tying links in a chain. Subsequently, sonorous bells can be attached to the chain, so that the wearer can make pleasing sounds while walking. Inflexible ones are usually created by giving shape to a flat metal sheet.
Fashion anklets: Styles of anklets
As with any other jewelery, price levels for anklets vary dramatically depending on the type, production methods, and materials. They are also an accessory item worn by a broad range of ages, from young girls to sophisticated women. There are thousands of designs and styles available in the ever-expanding marketplace. Popular types of anklets include, Beaded, Sterling Silver, Yellow Gold, White Gold, Pearl, Charm, Diamond, Gemstone, Birthstone, Coral, Turquoise, Crystal, Shell, Rhinestone, Cubic Zirconia, Nickle and Brass.
Fashion anklets: Guidelines for wearing anklets
Fashion anklets can be of the loose style or of the tight variety. The priority is to determine which style you want to go for and how it should fit you. Either the anklets can lay below the ankle bone or it can be kept above the ankle bone. Therefore choosing your style and size can be made easy by keeping a few simple things in mind. First, start by determining how you want to wear the ankle bracelet. Do you want it to sit above or below your ankle bone, would you like it to fit tightly or loosely? Keep in mind that the preference of the anklet can change depending upon the footwear that you are going to wear for a particular occasion as well as the general style of the anklet itself. When we talk about the style of the anklet, it may include things like the tightness, looseness of the anklet as well as the other associated paraphernalia like the hanging bead or crystal at the end of the anklet.
Fashion anklets: Anklets and the type of footwear
It is very important to ascertain whether you are planning to wear anklets with the sandals or the shoes. Depending on this both the style and size may vary. For example if you are planning to wear a beaded or crystal beaded anklet with your shoes then ideally it should be above your ankle bone otherwise the hanging bead or crystal can get inside your shoes and thus make you very uncomfortable for the occasion. So as we can see in this example that if you are using shoes then the beaded anklets should be above the ankles. On the other hand if this type of anklet is used with sandals or flip flops like footwear then it can be put below the ankle bone also. Today adjustable anklets are available in the market which can provide you greater flexibility and you can wear it either above or below the ankle bone either in a loose or tight form.
Fashion anklets: Measurements for anklets
Taking measurement of your ankle is very important before you go for shopping anklets. Using a soft tape is the best method to take measurements. To start with, you need to plan the style of anklet that you may most probably purchase. Further you need to decide in advance whether you are going to wear it with sandals or shoes. Once you have thought about the style and footwear preferences, it is time to take a few measurements to establish your size range. For measuring, you need to have a soft tape. The other method is to use a piece of string and a ruler. With the tape or the string you can measure the thickness of your legs above and below your ankle bone where you are planning to wear your anklet. If you are using the string to measure then through the ruler find out the actual measurement. The soft tape on the other hand will give you a direct measurement.
Fashion anklets: Various varieties of adjustable anklets
Finally make it a point to have variety. The market is full of varieties of anklets which are adjustable in nature and which can be used either above or below the ankle bone. These anklets can therefore be put on as per your choice and they will go with either the sandals or the shoes also. It is better to have a adjustable anklet rather than a fixed length anklet from any point of view. One problem with anklets is that after some time they naturally become loose and here you cannot do anything with a fixed type of anklet but if it is a adjustable type then you can readjust the length to make it tight or loose as per the need.