There is a new fashion trend these days. It is wearing a watch on the ankles rather than wearing it on the wrist. While it was once thought of as a practical accessory to be able to tell time, it is now more about making a fashion statement than having a practical use.
The ability to tell time has changed over time; there is no disputing that fact. Originally, humans did not really pay attention to “time” but they did observe changes in the season as well as when day started and ended. They then began using sundials, hourglasses and water clocks to measure time. Before long, mechanical means were created with hour and minute hands but the timepieces were large and were not portable.
Portable watches were invented as early as the 15th century but were worn mainly by royalty especially when they were encrusted with jewels. By the 17th century they were more popular because they could be mass-produced which meant the common people could afford them. At this time, pocket watches were popular for men. Women wore watches that were attached to a pin or a necklace. By the beginning of the 20th century women wore wristwatches more than men did until the Word War I when soldiers began using wristwatches during war.
Do you know that wearing wristwatches is not even considered the latest in watch fashion? Even though most people probably do not remember it, women have worn their wristwatches on their ankles at various times in history. For example, a postcard from 1910 shows a man kneeling next to a woman so he can see what time it is on her ankle watch. Flappers in the 1920s work their watches on their ankles.
Over the years, people have worn their wear watches on their wrists, around their necks, their fingers, their forearms and now on their back to wearing them on their ankles! Watches are no longer functional items; instead they are jewelry. First ankle bracelets and now ankle watches. At first ankle watches were thin and elegant. Now they can be found with watch faces of varying sizes.
Paris Hilton, heiress to the Hilton Hotels fortune, thinks wearing a watch in an ankle is a trend that will grow and has put her money behind it. In fact, in 2008 she announced a new line of ankle watches. The watches were delicate and feminine. They sold for around $23.99.
The trend never really did take off, but others – both men and women – still choose to wear their watch on their ankle rather than on their wrist. Does this mean the trend is dead? Not necessarily, it could be wearing a wristwatch on the ankle is simply for those who march to a different fashion drummer.