Anklets, also known as ankle bracelets, are a sexy addition to any summer time outfit. Coordinate with a pair of shorts for a more casual look -- hemp and beadedjewelry are great for this -- or go with silver or gold for a dressier event. Either way, the anklet draws attention to the legs and ankle, and celebrates what summer is all about, which is wearing as little as possible and having fun.
If women's jewelry constitutes a family, then the ankle bracelet is the wacky young aunt, the rebellious younger sister of your very-much-the-older-sister mother. Though the accessory had been around for centuries as a part of women's culture in India and Europe, anklets only became popular in the western world in the late twentieth century, coming of age along with the belly button ring and the toe ring as standards of modesty took a dive.
Though the ankle bracelet is largely thought of as belonging to the domain of woman, anklets have become popular with men as well, particularly in the neo-hippie, would-be surfer hemp and shell varieties. Leather is another viable option for the male who wants to wear an anklet, as well as silver or gold in masculine styles.
In terms of size, the chain should rest lightly over the knuckles of your ankle -- not so tight that it's cutting off your circulation, but not so loose that it would slip into your shoe.