Iran Dress Code
All about Iran Dress Code
Visitors to Iran have a misperception about what modest dress requires. It doesn’t mean you must wear a tight scarf around your head. In fact, it is acceptable for women to allow wisps of hair to frame their faces. For women, the body should be covered with loose clothing, such as baggy shirts, coats and/or a manteau. You can also wear jeans in Iran.
Tips on what to pack for Iran:
Men always have it easier!
The dress code for men is simple as can be: everyday streetwear. Leave your shorts and flipflops at home and you’re basically good to go. A long-sleeved cotton or linen shirt is the perfect choice for men. You can roll up the sleeves on hot days, and it makes you look presentable anywhere. Iranian men dress sharp and take good care of their appearances. You’ll fit right in.
Let’s move on more complex part of the equation:
For women it’s a bit more of an adjustment!
It is necessary for women to obey Islamic rules of female modesty, including hijab or Islamic dress code, in Iran. However, these rules are not observed very strictly, especially for tourists and foreigners. You will have to wear a hijab, which is a scarf that covers your head. However, don’t lose sleep over it. If it falls down, the maximum penalty will be a request (usually in a kind way) to restore it.
Tips for foreign women’s dress code in public places:
- Color: It’s a completely false belief that you must wear black or dark clothes in Iran. We love color (just think about our tilework and rose gardens!). In the heat of summer, we recommend you make sure to wear light colors.
- Head: In public, hair should be covered. It does not mean you must wear a tight scarf around your head. Don’t worry, it’s quite acceptable for women to allow wisps of hair to frame their faces. Appropriate hats and baseball caps perform this function as well as scarves, called “Roosari” in Farsi.
- Body: Should be covered with loose clothes like a long shirt, tunic, coat or manteau. Arms should not be bare.
- Legs & feet: Legs should be covered down to ankles. Feet can be bare and you can wear sandals. Tight jeans and leggings are no problem under a tunic or long coat.