At first sight its return may appear unexpected, surprising even, but really now, what kind of fashion flashback to the ’90s would truly be complete without the footwear jewellery that basically defined the decade?

Anklets, ankle bracelets, ankle chains, no matter the term used to describe it, the must-have accessory is back and with it a serious load of nostalgia.

The good news is that the fashionable anklet got quite the cool makeovers for the season and that the trend in itself is only expected to grow come summer, the great news is that you can get onto it first.

Below, all there is to know about the return of the ankle bracelet and how to rock it for spring.


The anklet trend for spring 2016.

While it still betrays a certain bohemian sensibility, 2016’s take on the ankle bracelet is cool, grungy, stylish even, having less and less to do with the must-have beach accessory of the ’90s in building its own kind of spirited attitude. Along with the black chokers and the mood rings, the anklet receives a relevant update for spring 2016, the only thing about it still hinting to the 1990s being the inspiration.

On the runway.

Tiny, delicate golden anklets hit the spring 2016 runway at Chloe, paired to either colorful flip-flops, mules with low, block heels or laceup sandals. To recreate the effortlessly laid-back look, wear the footwear jewellery with sheer lace dresses, romantic, off-the-shoulder bohemian shirts, or cool denim separates.

anklet accessory trend spring 2016
Golden anklet at Chloe S/S ’16

Grunge glamour with a side of ’90s minimalism was the theme served on the spring 2016 runway at Calvin Klein, the place where the coolest satin sneakers were used to further balance out the easy sophistication with a touch of comfort. And to make the contradiction complete, chunky anklets in gold chain featuring toggle closures rounded up the pristine looks. Borrow from the runway and dress up both of your ankles in gold chains, using the footwear jewellery as the only (statement) accessory.

anklet accessory trend spring 2016
Chunky gold anklet at Calvin Klein S/S ’16

At Marc Jacobs, the mood switched from forties glam to eighties street to showgirl cheek, each of the outfits imbued with the designer’s love for the theatrical. The extravagant, and surprising detail that instantly brought the looks up-to-date was made of two layered anklets.

Use the styling trick to breath new life into your favourite pair of pointy toe pumps, going for both ankles and using different styles for maximum impact (beaded and pearlescent, chain and beaded etc.).

ankle accessory trend spring 2016
Layered anklets at Marc Jacobs, S/S ’16

And if all these examples wouldn’t suffice in proving all the cool ways in which the anklet was reimagined for spring 2016, at Valentino things took an even more magical turn. Inspired by ancient times, the runway nymphs sported bare feet and couture anklets featuring a swirly gold design for spring 2016.

Needless to say, they’re not fit for the everyday, but for a special occasion these stunning ankle/ring bracelets paired to matching body chains and a vaporous dress would pour romance into summer.

anklet accessory trend spring 2016
Statement anklets at Valentino HC S/S ’16

Rules of wearing anklets.

  • an anklet can be worn on either ankle, or as the runway insist on pointing out, on both at the same time, as there are no underlying messages on what it means to wear it on the left versus the right;
  • while envisioned as a match for the everyday, ankle bracelets do not belong at the workplace, nor in any professional settings;
  • anklets should never clash or compete with your footwear, instead, they should help enhance or complement your shoes of choice;
  • never ever wear anklets with pantyhose or tights, but on bare legs only.

Shop the style.

From the layered to the super-delicate, from the colourful to the moody, here are 9 stunning picks to help you get on the anklet trend now.

anklet accessory trend spring 2016

1. Isadora Anklet Set • 2. IAM by Ileana Makri Leaf Eye gold-plated ankletSimply Chain Anklet • Ottoman Hands Tassel AnkletFree People Delicate Tiered AnkletASOS Anklet With Eye Pendant In SilverALDO Ansizio AnkletChloé Frankie gold-tone ankletSummer Nights Anklet.

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