Jingling anklets may remind you of village belles, but hey, you can also walk the walk in these cool ankle ornaments. And no, it’s not only worn with ethnic clothing. You can pair it up with jeans and shorts too.
Anklet or ankle chains/bracelets are a piece of jewellery worn on the ankles. Indian women have worn payals and toe rings for centuries. Rajasthani women wear the heaviest kind of anklets – they are made of silver and represent their tribe. Silver and gold ones are popular in the south as well. In India, these ornaments are an important part of marriage.
Popular traditional styles common in South India
During the per-dynastic period, Ancient Egyptian women from all social classes fancied them too. Payals were made from metal in various shapes – gold was more common among the rich, while the lower classes used silver or iron. The dancers also used the beaded variety. Kholkhal was an ankle ornament worn by Alexandrian women. However, they are considered immodest in Islamic Egypt.
The accessory style caught up with the US fashion by the late 20th century. Formal Payal – made of gold, silver or beads are used as fashion jewellery. Casual leather, plastic or nylon payals are also common in western popular culture.
They are available in a variety of shapes, styles and materials. Fashion ornaments are usually made of beads or metal. They can be flexible like the traditional Payal, which is made of interlinking metal chains or inflexible ones made of solid metal like iron. Bells, jewels and other trinkets are used to embellish them. In India, they are worn on both ankles, while western style prefers flaunting them on just one ankle. Ghungrus or Salangais are heavily belled Payals worn by Bharathnatyam or Kathak dancers – they are intended to make a lot of noise.
Take a look at these different styles of fashion anklets available online:
Simple, yet classy – these traditional style payals can be worn with ethnic attire or semi casual styles.
Here’s what you need for an evening party with a lehenga or a saree.
Wear these with jeans, short skirts or shorts – and see how you attract attention.
Here’s what you need if you like silver.
Or try these if you prefer them in gold.
A vibrant one for the summer
This is for those who like funky colors and beads.
Take a look at these beaded designs too.
If you like to experiment with the style, try these stone studded foot thongs for casual wear. These are absolute stunners for a party or as a bridal wear.
You could buy thongs online from Flipkart or Jabong.
Bollywood has done its bit to popularize the style in contemporary fashion too.
Take a look at how Payals are styled for the celebrities: