Iran is a country with a dress code and respecting Islamic rules including “Hijab”. The Islamic dress-code is a necessity in Iran. However such rules are not observed strictly, especially for tourists and foreigners. Most people are shocked by the way people dress in Iran once they arrive, as the reality is far from the stereotypes.

Yes, Iran is a country with dress code. However, very few people know that the typical stereotype of all Iranian women being forced to wear black chadors in public is completely false.

Generally western travelers are advised to dress conservatively when travelling through the Middle East, however dress code is a tricky thing when it comes to Iran. That is because of people’s perception from Iran, who have usually only seen the black “Chador” on International News channels. This couldn’t be further from truth, Iranian women are very modest in choosing their Hijab or Veil, and you can’t see its equivalent anywhere in the Middle East. A lot of our clients are shocked by the way women dress in Iran once they arrive, they see local women who are typically stylish and take great care of how they look

What to wear then?

Basically, the rules are quite simple

Below we have listed whatever u need to know:

for men

no short pants or extreme short sleeve and tight shirt.
Wearing ties or bows is not a problem.

T-shirts are acceptable.

For women

Iranian law states that women should cover their hair and Iranians observe this law by using colorful and beautiful head scarves, which are a bonus especially during the winter months

The code calls for women to cover their hair, necks and arms. Modern women in Iran today, wear a “manteau” or overcoat, similar to a uniform. The overcoats have long sleeves and usually come below the knee and a scarf or shawl is used to cover the hair. This can be worn by folding the two opposite corners of a scarf to get a triangle and tying the scarf around your head. Trousers or dark stockings are worn under the overcoat.

However these rules are not observed very strict, especially for tourists and foreigners. You must not worry about maintaining your hijab , since in times you have forgotten about it, the maximum penalty will be a request (usually in a kind way) to make it correct.
There are some minimum requirements for foreign women dress-code in public places
Iranian women are typically stylish and take great care  in their appearance. It is not uncommon to see hair exposed under very small loose fitting scarves. Many Iranian women wear jeans or related clothes with a loose fitting long sleeve top which covers them down to the mid thigh area. It is also common to see makeup and varnished nails.

It’s better to know these about dress code:

Chador

So what a chador is? The chador is a form of dress, worn by some individuals in Iran, which consists of a full length semi-circle of fabric. Women are required to hold the material together with their hands or teeth as the garment typically does not contain any fasteners. Iranian women typically cover their bodies in full below the chador with loose fitting clothing / dress. The cover extends to a scarf or ‘Hijab’ which is worn to cover their hair.

*For tourists: chador is needed barely, like in holy places, it will be given upon entrance.

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.You can wear whatever colour of clothes you wish in Iran, male and female. It is an absolute myth that women should only wear dark clothes. We even recommend our passengers to wear light colours during summer months.

2. Head: Hair should be covered. It does not mean you shall have a tight scarf around your head. Don’t worry, It is very usual that some parts remain uncovered .Scarf is the most common covering for head and is called “Roosari” in Farsi.

3. Body coverage: Body should be covered with loose clothing such as baggy shirts, coats, Arms should not be bare. You can also wear your jeans here in Iran.

4. Legs & feet: Legs should be covered down to ankles. Feet can be bare and you can wear sandals. Tight jeans are no problem.

5.Footwear: Sandals and open-shoes are very common in Iran. Nothing to worry about on this side.

General recommendation:

When flying to Iran just carry a long baggy shirt and a thin head scarf (you can even use a normal winter scarf and turn into an Iranian approved headscarf, we leave that to your own creativity)

*In winter time, apart from covering the head, the rest is the same as what you wear in your home country.

* You better enter Iran with a coat and a scarf and select your style by watching the Iranian women in the streets.

 

If you go to cities such as Tehran, Shiraz and, north of Iran like Gilan province to a lesser extent, Isfahan you’ll notice that there are many women making small albeit noticeable fashion statements, and dressing in quite a modern and fashionable way by the standards of the region (designer clothes, dyed hair, visible make-up, heels, etc.).So, in big cities covering your hair (not completely if you don’t want to) and a knee-long coat or top over your jeans or trousers will be fine. Many of our female clients walk around in their jeans and encounter no problems at all.

*Cities such as Yazd, Kerman, Kermanshah,Qom,Mashad and  kashan are more conservative, so lower the tone accordingly.