Imposing A Dress Code
A Talmid commenting on Becoming A Breslover Chassid:
I asked Rabbi Chaim Kramer (son-in-law of Rabbi Tvzi Aryeh Rosenfeld) of the Breslov Research Center, Breslov.org , who is a baki in all of Torah besides of course Breslov seforim, regarding the issue of short/long jackets and shaving the beard as has been discussed recently. The following is his reply:
Where does Rebbe Nachman teach about wearing long coats? The only place I know of is in a note by Rabbi Kaplan o"h in the book Rabbi Nachman's Stories in the second story. It is a reference to the German Enlightenment of that time. So don't take it to heart. There does NOT exist a dress code in Breslov. Only those who want to impose their view upon others have a dress code. I too wear a short jacket.
Shaving the beard. In halakhah it's permitted (done in a permitted way). In Kabbalah it's a very important thing to have a beard.