Men in Iran usually wear the same clothes as other western countries with small differences in some cases. For instance shorts are not acceptable in big cities. But there isn’t a problem with wearing shorts on the beach on in places which tend to have a vacation nature. (e.g Kish island, seasides of the Caspian sea or the Persian gulf). A lot of people ask about wearing T-shirts and ties or bows and whether they are acceptable. The answer is YES, there’s no problem with wearing t-shirts or ties and bows in Iran.
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 mustn’t worry about maintaining your hijab, in times that you forget 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. Colour: It’s a completely false belief that women must wear dark clothes in Iran. There is no limitation in this respect and we recommend you choose light colours in summer.
2. Head: Hair should be covered. It doesn’t mean you need to have a tight scarf around your head. Don’t worry; It is very normal 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. Feet can be bare and you can wear sandals. Tight jeans are no problem.
Tip1: During winter, apart from covering the head, the rest is the same as what you would wear in your home country.
Tip2: You better enter Iran with a coat and a scarf and select your style by watching the Iranian women in the streets.
Tip 3: Once a chador is needed, like in holy places, it will be given upon entrance.
Tip 4: 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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