A character of mine is a 30-year-old aristocratic man who has long blond straight hair and always wears it in a ponytail.
I know it seems a silly question, but it's important to me, for the shaping of this character. I've searched for information about this hairstyle on google and wikipedia, because I seemed to recall that ponytails were worn only by men in the army, but I couldn't find much. I only found that it was a mandatory hairstyle for men in European armies during the 18th century, until the early 19th century.
Do you know if (upper class) civilians could ever wear that hairstyle during the Victorian Age? Or (upper class) soldiers/officers?
I've got this character's appearance and status (he's noble, he's 30 years old and married) in mind, but I need to know if he has to be an officer in the British Army or if he can simply be a civilian (which would be easier for me) or if he cannot wear that hairstyle at all.
I would really appreciate any help. Thank you!