Fashion anklets, ankle chains, or ankle bracelets are ornament worn around the ankle. Anklets and toe rings historically have been worn 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 women's fashion jewelry.
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 less precious metals as well such as leather, plastic, nylon and other such materials. In the western world anklets or ankle chains are mainly worn 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 jewelry, 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 today's 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 lie below the ankle bone or it can be kept above the ankle bone. Therefore coming to determining 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 snugly or loosely? Keep in mind that your preference may vary with the style of the anklet you are considering as well as the style of footwear you plan to wear. Does the beaded anklet have a bead or crystal at the end of the chain that will hang down?
Fashion anklets: Anklets and the type of footwear
It is very important to ascertain whether you are planning to wear the anklets with the sandals or the shoes. Depending on this both the style and size may vary. Let's take an example. If you are planning to wear the beaded ankle bracelet with shoes you will most likely want to wear it above your ankle bone or the dangling bead or crystal may slip inside the shoe where it will be uncomfortable. On the other hand if you plan to wear sandals or flip flops you may be very comfortable wearing this type of anklet below the ankle bone. Many ankle bracelets are adjustable and allow greater flexibility so it can rest above or below the ankle bone and be either tight or loose fitting.
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 style and footwear preferences, it is time to take a few measurements to establish your size range. Gather a soft tape measure or a piece of string and a ruler. Take the tape measure or string and wrap it around your ankle in the position you plan to wear the anklet. Consider leaving a bit of room and not measuring to snugly for the most comfortable fit. Use your fingers to pinch the tape or string to mark the desired measurement. If you used a tape measure look at the measurement you have marked, if you used a string, use the ruler to determine the measurement of the string.
Fashion anklets: Adjustable anklets
These days you get adjustable anklets also in the market. These anklets can be worn with either the sandals or the shoes with adjustment of the size. Therefore if you are considering an adjustable anklet and various footwear styles measure both above and below the ankle bone allowing a little extra room for comfort. This will be your size range that you can purchase when you shop for adjustable anklets.
Article by Sanjay Nair
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