Your hairstyle can have political significance, especially in tightly conformist cultures like the Asian and Vilani peoples.
Few Travellers are going to bother ask ahead about the significance of a haircut or a beard, or a style of clothing. Referees should remind them of it, when the situation warrants.
What’s the use of being a Noblewoman, if you can’t indulge in outrageous fashion statements?
I personally doubt that the Far Future is going to be dominated by today’s same-old, same-old. Especially when there is a truly vast range of possibilities out there, waiting to be brought to life!
Any Imperial Dynasty that lasts long enough will have a period of “Regrettable Errors in Judgement” — like certain fashion choices made in the early 800s, say — that are best not dwelt on.
Looking up on what happened to these outliers, black sheep, prodigal sons, outcasts, disinherited heirs, and family secrets, though, could be quite interesting. And maybe financially rewarding.
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