The Comeback Jewellery Trend We Weren't Expecting

There are few other trends that can claim to be literally thousands of years old, but the anklet is up there with the most ancient of ancient fashion items. It's been a pretty bumpy ride for this small piece of body jewellery over the centuries (if your mother never told you, well, look it up!), but the anklet has regained some directional ground for spring 2016.

First up: Francisco Costa gave sneakers the anklet treatment for Calvin Klein's ode to the '90s: These chunky chains came threaded through the loop-tags of equally chunky skate sneaks. It's a trick you can easily emulate for free.


Calvin Klein S/S 16
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Pernille Teisbaek wears her gold ankle chain with chic Chanel pumps.
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Meanwhile, Rihanna has been stacking 'em up like there's no tomorrow, piling fine trinkets upon fine chains until her court shoes look as though they've acquired some seriously decorative ankle straps. Other high profile fans include Miranda Kerr and Ashley Olsen. Über-blogger Pernille Teisbaek likes them so much she's basically got one tattooed on her left foot and wears a gold chain on her right—now that's dedicated.


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Style Notes: Gucci's backless loafers create a wide open space for anklet action.

So the anklet is stepping back into vogue and they're becoming a part of the standard offering from many jewellers, which means—hey, presto—you can get hold of a chic one very easily. No hippy friendship bands here, thank you.

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Hannah Almassi
Editor in Chief

Hannah Almassi is the Editor in Chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was headhunted to launch the UK sister site and social channels, implement a localised content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 16 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times, The Telegraph and, among many others. Hannah is often called upon for her take on trends, becoming known as a person with their finger of the pulse of what’s happening in the fashion space for stylish Brits. Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy son and highly Instagrammable cat.