Ready to level up your accessory game?
Say hello to the ultimate statement piece--the anklet!
Whether you're into streetwear, bohemian vibes, or just love to switch things up, an anklet is a perfect way to add some personality to your outfit.
We just spotted Dolly Parton rocking a gorgeous ankle bracelet at Jimmy Buffet's house, alongside Sheryl Crow. How's that for some star power.
But with so many choices, it can be tough to know where to start. No worries, we got you!
We're here to break down all the secrets to wearing an anklet like a boss.
Did you know that there's even a specific ankle you should wear it on? (According to some cultures.)
Yup, it's a whole thing. So, grab your favorite pair of sneakers, some vintage denim shorts, and let's get started on this anklet journey together.
Which Ankle Should You Wear an Anklet On?
Welcome to the world of anklets, where style meets comfort and the only rules are the ones you make!
Well, it's time to break free from the shackles of boring jewelry and embrace the freedom of wearing anklets your way.
Whether you prefer to wear them on the left ankle, the right ankle, or both, the choice is yours!
But wait, what about the infamous "anklet placement" dilemma?
Relax, we've got you covered with the history of it and its cultural significance.
In today's world, very few people are going to judge you for how you rock your anklet.
As long as you avoid wearing them over fabric and keep the noise level down in quiet or professional settings, you can flaunt your anklets with confidence.
So, go ahead and show off those beautiful ankles with your favorite anklets. It's time to have some fun and let your feet do the talking!
What Does it Mean to Wear an Anklet on Your Right Ankle?
To some, wearing an anklet on your right ankle could signify that you are in an exclusive relationship.
It will also tell those looking for it that you're happy in your relationship and are not interested in being approached by others interested in intimate relations.
What Does it Mean to Wear an Anklet on Your Left Ankle?
As you might have been able to guess, as opposed to wearing an anklet on your right ankle, wearing an anklet on your left ankle in some cultures says that you're available and interested in a relationship.
However, wearing specific types of anklets can tell interested parties even more about you.
Wearing an anklet with heart charms on your left ankle can tell people that you're interested in dating and maybe not so interested in an immediate intimate relationship.
Be cautious, though, because sometimes people will take this to mean that you are married and interested in an open relationship.
Additionally, a woman wearing an anklet on the left ankle may also be taken to mean that she is interested in a relationship with other women.
Can you Wear Anklets on Both Ankles?
Definitely! For some, the more jewelry the better! You can wear as many anklets as your beautiful heart desires.
You can stack, mix, and match your anklets at a whim but if you're considering wearing anklets on both ankles, there are a few things to consider.
First and foremost, meanings aside, you don't want your accessories to hinder your outfit. Anklets can be the shining star of your outfit and having two or three can make it even better.
Unfortunately, there can be too much of a good thing. When picking out your anklets, make sure you're getting the impact you're looking for.
If you're going for a touch of delicacy, you don't want to add on bulky or ungraceful anklets.
For a strong or edgy look, you may not want a delicate little chain, and having many anklets will probably add to your look.
If you're looking to send a message with your anklets, however, it's probably best to just go with one so as to not confuse your intentions.
Do the Metals and Charms on Your Anklet Change the Anklet's Meaning?
Anklets have a very long history. For many periods and cultures, anklets have often been seen as promiscuous ornaments but can also show one's social status.
In the paragraphs above, we've discussed how one's relationship status could be presented just by the decoration of their ankles.
While this is how anklets have often been used in the past, anklets were also used to show one's social status and still can today.
In earlier societies, a woman wearing an anklet of certain material would show the wealth of her husband as it brought attention to her well-cared-for feet.
The more expensive, the anklet, the higher status she had.
It's a bit harder to stick to that standard these days since almost anything can be colored gold or silver and fake gems are a pretty common thing, but it doesn't have to be expensive to raise your status.
A gold anklet, predictably, shows the highest social status as, though it's most certainly not the most expensive, it's one of the most sought-after metals in the world.
This is partially because of how hard it was for people to mine precious metals in history before we had the mechanics and tools we have now.
Therefore, the people who were able to decorate themselves with it were very high-class. With a gold anklet and manicured feet, people will know what a queen you are.
The rest of the typical metals are a bit predictable I'm afraid. Silver comes after gold and copper-colored metals after silver.
But, in history and today, metal anklets aren't the only type of anklets we see.
In Egypt, leather anklets were worn by slaves and the poor, a stark contrast against the rich who wore gold.
Today, this isn't the case, but leather definitely isn't a great addition to an elegant ensemble.
Take care in making sure you aren't mixing delicate charms with rustic leathers without a very particular idea in mind, you might end up looking terribly mix-matched.
The charms you wear on your anklet are just as, if not more, important than the material. An anklet containing gendered charms can do a lot.
They may be used to tell your sexuality or even your willingness towards polyamorous or polysexual relationships. In another instance, wearing an anklet with a gendered symbol, female or male, alongside a feather actually says a lot.
Wearing an anklet with these charms will tell people that you are single, but not interested in mingling. This charm combo represents aromanticism and an unwillingness toward romantic relationships.
Wear Your Anklets However Makes You Happy
But, overall, if we're being honest, all of this is relatively unimportant.
The important thing about picking out your daily outfit is that you look and feel great in it.
As long as your accessorizing doesn't put you or others in harm's way, wear your charms with elation and pride.
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I actually read in several places that the left/right meanings are reversed; I have always been under the impression that left foot means married/in a relationship and right foot means single/open to affairs.