Adorning the ankles with chains called anklets, or ankle bracelets, was a popular teen trend during the 50’s that has remained an exotic accessory through the decades. Middle-Eastern women have worn ankle jewelry for ages, but the 50's paired thin gold chains with ankle-length bobby socks as a rebellious stab at convention. Novelty jewelry such as charm bracelets, and copies of Elvis’ dog tags were marketed as ankle bracelets as well. The jewelry caught on with women, who wore the ankle bracelet over bare skin for a true exotic look at the backyard tiki party.
The anklet returned as a part of disco divahood in the 70's, and graced the ankle with a flash of gold while turning the dance floor out. Name plate and charm anklets made a big splash during the 80's, as did Indian-inspired bells during the hippie revival of the 90's. Leg shackles never looked better (well, except for the time the Charlie's Angels girls were working on the chain gang, but how do you compete with that?).
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