Basically, the rules are quite simple: for men, no short pants or extreme short sleeve and tight shirts. For women, head and hair must be covered, and it is also necessary to wear something loose to cover the body.
Most people are shocked by the way people dress in Iran once they arrive, as the reality is far from the stereotypes. 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.
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 whilst in public is completely false.
Currently in Iran, the Islamic dress code is still observed all over the country. 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.
Before visiting Iran make sure you have got appropriate clothing, which comply with the prevailing cultural norms of Iran.
men: Before visiting Iran make sure you have got appropriate clothing, which comply with the prevailing cultural norms of Iran.
women: Due to the Islamic rules, all Iranian & foreign females over the age of 9 appearing in public should cover their hair & wear a dress that covers the body.
Women should wear non-transparent, loose garments covering all their bodies except for the hands and face. Socks are optional too.
Most Iranian women wear a Manteau and headscarf; some still use the chador.
Foreign women visitors mostly wear a Manteau or loose knee-length jacket and headscarf.
Color is a free choice, but red, orange, pink or similar colors are not put on during national or private sad occasions.
Trousers must be up to ankle.
Please see the sample photos.
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