You need to know that traveling to Iran requires adhering to certain rules, among them is dress code.
Women need to wear Hijab in Iran which regards to kind of clothing style that would conservatively cover body modestly. The clothing of Iranians varies in style and color depending on the climate, customs and traditions of each religion and province. Respecting the dress code (Hijab) in Iran in the public is necessary. That means clothes should be modest and not offending the Islamic rules. So, you have to respect the culture and compliance the requirements and laws. Iranian dress code is not as strict as you might have heard or seen in Afghanistan or Saudi Arabia, whoever, police could stop people if they had not enough conservative kind of cloths (Hijab) on.
More conservative way to clothing for women is Chador, which is long cloak like covering. Black color is official one for more conservative people, yet there are many people who chose the more colorful and design chadors.
Women in Iran usually wear Manteau, which is a sort of trench coat, in different colors. You can check some pictures below to see what is nowadays common in Iranian manteau shops and woman’s dress in big cities.
Women dress code:
1. Color:It’s a completely false belief that wearing must be dark in Iran. There is no limitation in this respect and we recommend you make sure using light colors in summer.
2. Head:Hair should be covered. It does not mean you shall have a tight scarf around your head. Appropriate hats & caps can do this function as well as scarves. Scarf is the most common covering for head and is called “Roosari” in Farsi.
3. Body:Should be covered with loose clothes like long sleeve dress, coat or manteau. Arms and neck should not be bare.
4. Legs & feet:Legs should be covered down to ankles. You can wear sandals. Jeans are no problem.
- Tip 1: In winter time, apart from covering the head, the rest is the same as what you wear in your home country.
- Tip 2: It is better you enter Iran with a long coat and a scarf and select your style by watching the Iranian women in the streets.
- Tip 3: Once chador is needed, like in holy places and shrines, it will be given upon entrance.
- Tip 4: Following the dress-code is necessary from the time of on-boarding international flights. On Iranian Flights, it is usually requested when the plane enters the Iranian boundaries.
Men’s dress code:
Shorts are not acceptable in public places. Wearing ties or bows is not a problem but it is not common. T-shirts are acceptable.