Around Richmond, we are being constantly exposed to some quality unruly beards. If you don’t get the idea, you will when you see this picture of the Beard League of RVA. It got me thinking about the history of beards and what roll it played in societies of the past. My research made me realize how many different historical references there are associated with beards.
My favorite information was found on here. The evidence that was provided was a combination of hilarious, interesting and very sassy. I thought it was very fitting for this week's post. I learned that in many ancient civilizations beards were a sign of honor and were only cut as punishment. In Celtic Tribes, Otto the Great swore by his beard when saying something serious. The iconic and wonderful President Lincoln also made beards fashionable in America during the 19th century.
This Fashionisto was spotted right by the library, and initially I was captivated by the contrast. The beard was wild and unruly while the suit was elegant and sharp. It was cool and the Fashionisto rocked the look with personality and all the necessary boldness for the edgier and more eccentric outfits. I loved the unusual combinations of all the pieces — the really cool suit, beard, fedora, earrings and Ray-Ban aviators. I found some interesting straw fedoras on the Village Hat shop. I also found some really cool and well priced Ray-Ban aviators. This Fashionisto pulls off a look that I really haven’t seen much of in Richmond menswear. The laid back cool of the fedora, earrings and sunglasses make a unique partner with the chic all black suit.
Hint: Fashionistos, take your accessories and pair them with something you would never think to and feel it out. Feel free to make interesting combos such as goth yet prep or neon yet muted. There are infinite possibilities that you could fall in love with. This week's message is to play with contrasting feels to a look and enjoy all things unruly, eccentric and always be bold.