The dress code in Iran for women has always been something to hold back many female travelers but many of them are just some misconceptions.
Since the revolution of 1979 all women in Iran, including foreigners, have been required by law to wear loose-fitting clothes to disguise their figures. They must also cover their hair but a scarf for a part of your hair is enough. This form of dressing is known as Hijab, a term that refers in general to ‘modest’ dress and is also used to refer specifically to the hair-covering.
How Do Iranian Women Dress?
This is absolutely nonsense that women in Iran confront constraints in the color of their clothing. They can wear makeup; it is not an issue, same with nail polish. And most of the women prefer to wear a manteau (a trench coat type of clothing that comes in a variation of materials and styles) which can be long, short, tight, or loose in different colors. The loose and colorful one is probably the best idea for summer. A tunic is a great option for this season as well. Also, in autumn you can find a long tank top that can be layered up with a light cardigan.
But there are some rules that you should follow. For example, places like mosques and shrines require full Hijab. Chadors are often available for visitors on the site or you can get yourself one at a very affordable price.
You can also wear your skinny jeans with a tunic or a long tank top. It depends on what you choose! You just should not be abnormal. In big cities such as Tehran, Shiraz, etc; people are even more comfortable than towns or villages.
At last, I can assure you the dress code is quite free and easy especially when you are a non-Iranian. Society won’t expect you to be like a religious Muslim and Hijab in Iran is not a matter of concern as much as you’d think. Many beliefs about it are false. Here are some tips to make things clear and easy so that you don’t have to dress up like your grandma and also can still avoid any trouble.
Remember, you’re a tourist anyway. The worse that can happen is a simple request. Things are easier on you than you think, so don’t make it harder than it is.
Many people think that women who have Hijab are harsh and bad. But they have chosen this kind of clothes just because of their culture and it is just something that they would like to be. So you can’t judge people from what they wear or the kind of haircut or style. People who have Hijab are a part of society and they can communicate with all kinds of people and live next to each other.
So Iran is not a strange place. I recommend you to travel over here!