Persian women had been covered their body and their hair from strange men since 1979 revolution, that is known as “Hijab”. It means submission to God and his love of modesty for both genders. According to Islam religion, God defines men and women as both equal and different. While both genders’ aim is modest clothing, it is practiced differently by men and women. Also, this rule is a source of protection for Iranian ladies. Iran doesn’t have strict dress code for foreigners hopefully; however, this is one of the biggest concerns especially for female tourists. Believe me, Hijab in Iran is not a matter of concern as much as you think and you watch
Based on Islamic religion some would say a girl supposed to be above the age of 9 to obey the dress code. They should cover all part of their bodies from head to toes except face and hands in public. The clothes they choose should not be papery or skin tight. If the clothes cover up body, they are appropriate.
Iran dress code is much easier for men. Men can not wear shorts, tank tops and something like them in public. Short sleeves shirts are appropriate for summer. Also, they can wear sandals and open shoes.
Tips for Iran travelers:
Here are some advices to specify and explaining the dress code in Iran:
Head scarf: The scarf is the most common head cover that Persian women use to cover their hairs and it’s called “Roosari” in Persian. The biggest challenge that the female travelers face, is keeping their scarf on. So, if your headscarf falls down don’t be afraid, put it back on again. It’s not a problem, but just be careful about it.
Four Seasons Iran: what to wear in Iran in summer and winter is one of tourist’s questions. Once you go through extremely hot sunshine in some parts of Iran during summer or harshness of winter, you may prefer to cover your entire body as you do in your country. So our suggestion is to enter Iran with a long dress (coat, overcoat and etc) and a scarf and then decide what to wear according to the Iranian women that you see. If you’re looking for tours in summer that you can swim, the Iran travel agency has tours for Kish and Qeshm that one of their entertainments is swimming in the special parts of Persian Gulf by care of lifesaver.
Body: A usual long garment that Iranian women wear to cover their body and it’s from hills to knees is called “Manteau“. You can also use this kind of dress for covering your body.
Feet and legs: women should cover their legs down to ankles; also they can wear sandals with bare feet. In general, Maxi dresses or skirts are not common among Iranian women, but it doesn’t mean that it’s useless. High boots during the winter with leggings are ok.
Colors and make up: you can wear any color that you want, there isn’t any limits about it, but on the sad national holiday, it’s better you put dark garments for respecting. Also, you can wear light makeup.
Chador: One of female traveler’s questions is about “Chador”. Chador is a large piece of garment (usually black) which is wrapped around the head and all the parts of the body except face and sometime hands, worn especially by Muslim ladies. For visiting important shrines you must cover all parts of your body, only in this situation you must wear chador. But don’t worry; it can almost always be borrowed on site. Don’t even be afraid, wearing chador can be a new experience for you, while everybody is like in a peaceful space.
Respect: In general, respecting the dress code rule is a must in international flights. As soon as the plane enters Iranian air borders, it is needed to put your scarf and manteau on. Watching the flight attendants will help you for this.
We’ve explained all of this to make your mental issues clear for traveling to Iran and answer some of your questions gradually. In the end, it’s your turn to decide to come to Iran and surprise or not. Almost all tourists I know have changed their former ideas about Iran coming back to their countries. All of the countries in the world will have crisis and problems, nobody prefers it but if we believe on change, it will only become visible according to your interaction with the locals and the exchange of ideas. According Iran proverb, let’s make bridges instead of walls. We’ll be so glad for you to be our guests.