This Accessory Combo Is a Fashion-Girl Favorite for Summer

We're fans of fashion power combos: a white T-shirt and jeans, turtlenecks and dangly earrings, dresses and sneakers, the list goes on… So it wouldn't feel right to let the season carry on without highlighting one of the summer's of-the-moment pairings: anklets and sandals. Although the jewelry piece isn't new by any means, we've noticed a fresh way tastemakers have been styling the summer's coolest anklets, and it got our sartorial juices flowing.

Among the trendiest anklets of choice are colorful versions that embrace the do-it-yourself appeal of summer-camp beaded jewelry. For the minimalists, delicate gold anklets are another It girl–approved pick, especially when paired with sleek neutral heels or mules. While we admit some fashion-girl trends aren't as adaptable for everyday wear, this combo truly is an easy style solution for those looking to add some pizzazz. Whether your daily uniform consists of jeans, dresses, or even skirts, it's so simple to try it out. To prove it, I took to the 'gram to find some of the best interpretations of this tried-and-true accessory combo. Read ahead to see them all and to check out a few more anklet-and-sandal pairings we wouldn't mind living in all summer.

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Let's put the notion that pearls are matronly to rest. It's quite the unexpected match, but '90s-inspired heeled mules with a delicate string of pearls is an unbeatable combination.

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Or opt for a chunkier take on pearls and style them with modern square-toe mules.

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We love the idea of dressing up this season's thong-sandal trend with a piece of glittering gold. It hits the right note of elevated-casual.

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If you thought simple meant boring, guess again. For that Parisenne look, go for delicate jewelry and scaled-back mid-heel mules. You'll notice it's definitely more understated but sophisticated nonetheless.

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Of course, leave it to fashion girls to jazz up a pair of Birkenstocks. If your personal style errs more on the bohemian side, you'll want to check out a shell anklet like this one.

More anklet-and-sandal power pairings we love:

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Fashion Market Editor

Indya Brown is a fashion editor, stylist, and writer living in Los Angeles. While going to school at Columbia University in New York City, she got her feet wet in the fashion industry interning at Elle magazine, Harper's Bazaar, and New York magazine's The Cut. After graduating in 2016, she joined The Cut as a fashion assistant, eventually working her way up to fashion editor. There, she worked on a multitude of projects, including styling inbook feature stories for New York magazine's print issue, writing and pitching market stories for The Cut, and serving as fashion lead for The Cut's branded content. While New York has been her home for over 10 years, she moved to Los Angeles in the midst of the pandemic in 2020 for a new chapter. Now she is a fashion market editor for Who What Wear, focusing on emerging designers, rising trends on and off the internet, interior design, and BIPOC creatives and brands. Aside from her duties as a fashion market editor, Brown is also a freelance stylist and writer, working on national print and video commercial campaigns for Sephora, The Independent, and Cadillac. Her bylines also include Harper's Bazaar, Vox, and The New York Times. But once the computer goes down and the emails turn off, she's likely eating her way through Koreatown, hunting down vintage furniture, scoping out new outrageous nail designs to try, or taking a hot cycling class.