Dress Code


For Men:

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.


For Women:

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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