Iran Dress Code in Iran

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 Dress Code in Iran

Tourists in domestic airport

Shorts are not acceptable.
Wearing ties or bows is not a problem.
T-shirts are acceptable.

Obeying Islamic rules including Hijab or Islamic dress-code is necessary in Iran. 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

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. Don't worry, It is very usual that some parts remain out of the cover. It's quite acceptable for women to allow whips of their hair to frame their face. 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 man shirt, coat or manteau. Arms should not be bare.

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

Tourists in Jame mosque of Yazd

Tip1 : In summer and hot weather, you can cheat(!) and not wear shirt under your coat/manteau. Who understands?!

Tip2 : In winter time, apart from covering the head, the rest is the same as what you wear in your home country.

 Tip3 : You better enter Iran with a coat and a scarf and select your style by watching the Iranian women in the streets.

Tip 4 : Once a chador is needed, like in holy places, it will be given upon entrance.

Tip 5 : Following the dress-code is necessary form the time of on-boarding international flights. On Iranian Flights, it is usually requested when the plane enters the Iranian boundaries.





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0 #2 Jane 2015-05-30 08:37
My observation was that as a tourist you can dress like "progressive" local women dress:
Long trousers (can be jeans, that can be quite tight) and a long sleeve shirt that reaches over your backside. A headscarf is mandatory but it is OK if not all hair is covered.

However, the local women dress code varies and the smaller the town the more conservative. You will quickly realize what is acceptable and as long as you stick to above style you shouldn't get in trouble.
Shorts, short shirts or not wearing a headscarf is not possible at all.
Skirts? To be honest I don't recall whether I ever saw one. I would think it is not OK so you better stick to trousers.
0 #1 alex9999 2015-05-30 08:36
Absolutely confirming my experience in particular the view on different tones in respective cities.
No need to have a chador for western woman, except of course in mosques. But there you will be friendly reminded at the entrance and you can rent one.
Actually, if you would wear a chador as a western woman, I believe locals would regard this as over the top.

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