Women: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.
There 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.
- Light colors are recommended for the summer.
- Wearing jeans is completely acceptable.
- Wearing sandals is acceptable.
- You can wear a long sleeved dress over jeans instead of the manteau worn by Iranian women. Although it will be fun to follow Iranian fashion, once you arrive.
- Remember to bring a coat or something with long sleeves and a scarf to cover your hair once your flight ends.
- Wearing boots in winter is acceptable.
- When entering holy places such as mosques and some mausoleums you will be asked to cover yourself with a chador which will be given to you on loan at the entrance.
- Wearing shorts in public is not acceptable in Iran.
- Wearing T-shirts is acceptable.
- Ties and bow ties are acceptable depending on the nature of your visit.
Note: Be mindful that on certain religious occasions namely the Ashura mourning ceremonies you should avoid wearing bright colors out of respect for the culture and customs of the country. Although you will not be faulted for doing otherwise, as you are a valued guest, your respectful approach to Iranian culture and understanding of Iranian customs will be appreciated by your hosts.