Dress Code in Iran

Following the Islamic dress code and wearing hijab is necessary in Iran. This means your hair, arms and legs must be covered while in Iran but your outfit can be any color of your choosing. However such rules are not observed strictly, especially for tourists and foreigners.

dress code in iran.steptoiran.comThere are two of types of outer covering used by Iranian women, the Manteau which is similar to a light overcoat and is worn over pants along with a headscarf, and the Chador which is a long black or colorful covering that envelopes the body and is worn over the clothes or in combination with the Manteau and headscarf. Remember that Iranian women are very stylish so feel free to dress to impress while in Iran. You can also look at Iranian women on the street for inspiration.


Here are a few tips to specify and describe the dress code in Iran:

Men: Shorts are not acceptable in public. Wearing ties or bows and T-shirts is all right.

Ladies: You don’t have to worry about maintaining your hijab all the time. Normally the maximum penalty for disregarding the Hijab rule is a simple request (usually in a kind way) by police or authorities to make it correct. There are some minimum requirements for female traveler’s dress-code in public places:

Color: It's only a rumor that wearing must be dark in Iran. There is no limitation in this case and we recommend you use light colors especially in summer.

Head: Although hair must be covered but it does not mean you should have a tight scarf around your head.  It's quite acceptable for women to let some of their hair fall freely. You can also use appropriate hats & caps as well as scarves. The scarf is the most common covering for head and it’s called "Roosari" in Persian.

Body: Body and arms should be covered by loose clothes called a Manteau which is similar to a light overcoat.

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

Tip1: In winter time, apart from covering the head, the rest is the same as what you wear in your home country.

Tip2: It’s best to enter Iran with a coat and a scarf and then select your own style by watching the Iranian women in the streets.

Tip3: In some holy shrines you need to have a Chador to enter and it will be given to you in the entrance.

Tip4: In international flights to Iran, you need to respect the dress code rule as soon as the plane enters Iranian air space. Watching the flight attendants will give you a good idea of when you are required to put on your scarf and Manteau.

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