Visitors to Iran frequently ask questions about Iranian clothing and dress code in Iran for women and men. Sometimes they have no clue what to pack for Iran. To avoid this situation, we’ve put together this travel guide for you in order to have complete information before you travel to Iran.
In the following line, you will read about:
What is the Dress Code for Women in Iran?
According to Iranian law, all women are required to wear Islamic hijab. However, they are very modest in picking their Veil or Hijab. On your arrival, you may be shocked by the way how Iranian clothing is stylish. Women usually take great care of how they look, and they wear clothes with a great sense of style.
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Women in Iran must always cover their head with a scarf and wear a long coat (called mantua in Farsi) over their regular clothes. It’s the law, and not only for women, have men also to wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts too. As Iran changed over the years you don’t need to wear socks all the time anymore and your sleeves can also be 3/4 these days. Moreover, sandals are totally acceptable in Iran, so don’t forget a pair if you are traveling to Iran in spring or summer.
If you are wondering what to wear in Iran in winter? The answer is; it is the same as other times of the year. While you can put a hat on your scarf, it doesn’t mean that you can only wear hat.
While Iran is a conservative country and women need to be fully covered up at all times in public, it doesn’t mean that you need to worry about that. Rules of Iranian clothing are not observed strictly for tourists and foreigners. For instance, don’t worry if your hair is sticking out of the scarf. Apart from a small percentage of older women, most young girls only cover the top of their head.
The only places in Iran that have very restrict rules about hijab are the mosques and holy shrines. To enter some of these places, such as Imam Reza Shrine in Mashhad or Hazrate Masoumeh Holy Shrine in Qom, you must wear “Chador”. The chador is a large piece of fabric that covers your entire body from head to toe. You can always find one at the entrance gate.
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What is the Dress Code for Men in Iran?
There are not many rules of Iranian clothing dress code for men in the country. They are just not allowed to wear shorts. However, T-shirts are fine, but they should always avoid sleeveless vests.
Formal Dress Code in Iran
The same as western countries, wearing a suit is the formal dress code in Iran for men. However, you may have noticed that, at least in government organizations and government-affiliated companies, men don’t wear a tie. For women, the dress code is the same as usual, however, they always wear more stylish mantua and scarf on business meetings and formal occasions.
Some Recommendations on Iran Clothing
It is totally a false belief that women in Iran only wear black and dark colors. There is definitely no restriction in color of the Iranian clothing. You will be surprised to see how women wear colorful clothes and scarves.
• Tunics and Cardigans
Instead of wearing a mantua, you can easily wear a long tunic or cardigans. They are an incredible choice for summer trips to Iran.
• Sandals & painted nails
Sandals are just fine for both men and women. Don’t have any concern on having painted nails on your fingers or your toes, it is OK.
• Indoors Clothing
All of these rules are only for public appearance. When you are invited to an Iranian house, feel free to wear whatever you like.
How to buy a dress in Iran?
Shopping is not a hectic in Iran at all. There are many modern and local shops, malls, and bazaars in Iran where you can find a suitable dress for yourself. If you are looking forward to buy some pieces of Iranian clothing in Tehran, 7-Tir Square with a number of shops all around the place is the answer.
In some small cities, you can also find Persian traditional clothing. For instance, in the northern part of the countries, in Guilan and Mazandaran Provinces, women wear loose colorful blouse and skirt.
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