Once upon a time, many, many summers ago, I was a kid running around suburban Ohio, riding my bike everywhere and jumping into the questionable waters of Lake Erie. No matter what I do or where I go in my adult life, there's still a part of me that wants to channel those carefree days of my youth. And yes, it does frighten me that I'm even using phrases now like "in my youth", and yet here we are.
While I can't actually go back in time and relive those days, I try to capture that same summer mood every year by wearing an ankle bracelet. It's such a simple nod to the summer days I spent as a kid, but the jewelry actually holds nostalgic meaning that I don't plan on letting go of anytime soon. It's because anklets are just like friendship bracelets—they're purely for fun. So what if I'm a full-fledged adult now? I still want to have as much fun as my 7-year-old self. Sure, anklets totally made sense when I was running around in my rubber flip-flops as a kid, whereas now I'm more likely to be wearing one underneath jeans or obscured among ankle-tie sandals. Still, just the act of wearing a piece of jewelry that's mainly for kids makes me feel, well, like a kid again.
For even more consistent summer style, see the shoes one editor has worn for five summers straight.