What To Dress In Iran?

Dress Code in Iran

Iran is a country with respecting Islamic rules including “Hijab”. However such rules are not observed strictly, especially for tourists and foreigners.

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Tourists are generally encouraged to dress conservatively when going through the Middle East; however clothing standard is a precarious thing with regards to Iran. That is a result of individuals’ recognition from Iran, those who have typically just observed the dark Chador on International News channels.

Iranian women are, however, very modest in picking their Veil or Hijab, and you cannot see its equivalent anywhere in the Middle East. Many of our clients are shocked by the way women dress in Iran once they arrive, they see a large number of Iranian women who are stylish and take great care of how they look. But all tourists traveling either individually or in groups should consider that there are some precautions to be taken all around the globe and Iran is not an exception.

Let’s read more about Iran dress code:     

Dress Code in Iran for Men

While men do not have as much restriction as women on Iranian dress code, what is against the norm (not religion) in Iran is for a man to wear shorts and sleeveless shirts. Men wear such apparel at home and seeing a man wearing them outside the house is very abnormal.

Dress Code in Iran for Women

For women it’s a bit more of an adjustment!

These rules are not observed very strict. You must not worry about maintaining your hijab, since in times you have forgotten about it, the maximum penalty will be a request (usually in a kind way) to make it correct. 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. There are some minimum requirements for foreign women dress-code in public places.


About clothing coloring there are some wrong beliefs that they must be dark, but there are absolutely no rules about the color of your clothing so wear as bright as you can and enjoy your time.


Hair should be covered. It does not mean you shall have a tight scarf around your head. Don’t worry, it is very usual 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.


Should be covered with loose clothes like man shirt, coat or manteau. Arms should not be bare. Most of the women prefer to wear a manteau which can be long, short, tight, or loose, and in different colors.

Legs & feet

Legs should be covered down to ankles. Feet can be bare and you can wear sandals. Tight jeans are no problem .Open toes and sandals are just fine for both men and women, especially in summer. Painted nails on your fingers or your toes, is also OK.

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