While the anklet does not have a specific symbolic meaning in the West, other than its status as a fashionable piece of jewellery, it is an important icon in India where anklets have been worn by girls and women for centuries and are commonly known as pattilu, payal and sometimes as nupur.
In the West, wearing one depends on your personal style and on what you feel comfortable with wearing: Some may prefer to wear an anklet year-round while others opt to wear it only during summer months while at the beach or pool. Some prefer to wear it hanging loosely from the ankle while others prefer it to be snug and above the ankle bone. To measure for the correct size, simply take a measuring tape and wrap it around where you would like the bracelet to sit. Then add around half inch to the measurement.