Since the Islamic Revolution of Iran in 1979, Iran is governed by the Islamic rules. There are some easy Islamic rules concerning the dress code, especially for women, public places. In the following, we will explain them in detail.
There is a wrong thought about the dress code in Iran. There is no compulsory dress code or limitation on color both women and men, in other word it is not so restrictive and complicated, but there are some rules that must be obeyed.
After their arrival in Iran, Most tourists wonder about the dress code in Iran. Do not worry about the dress code at all; you can easily comply with the Islamic rules about dress code if you understand them correctly.
According to the Islamic rules, in public places:
- Every part of the body (of both men and women) which attracts the opposite sex must be completely covered.
- Every finery, charm or other ornamental object which attracts the opposite sex must be covered too.
According to the rules mentioned above, several kinds of clothes and charms are forbidden.
Note: According to the Islamic rules, there is no limitation on color for both men and women.
Based on the rules, there is no compulsory dress code and limitation in private spaces, so you can wear whatever you want when you are in hotels, houses, or other private places.
Some notes for Men:
- Men must not wear shorts in public places at all.
- Gaudy and garish clothes are inappropriate to use (they are somehow forbidden according to an unwritten law).
- Tie is not common in Iran; it is usually used in meetings, conventions, conferences, etc.
- Jeans and T-Shirt are highly recommended during the travel to Iran.
- Transparent clothes are strictly forbidden.
All rules about women dress code are the derivations of two major rules that were mentioned above, so if you understand them correctly, you will face no difficulty with the dress code in Iran.
Some notes for women:
- According to the rules, Legs, arms, hair and neck must be covered.
- There is no limitation on make-up and painted nails (both fingers and toes). Only avoid heavy make-ups, just in case.
- The police rarely happen to hassle tourists, but if they warn you about your ‘Hijab’, immediately apologize, and correct it. Usually there is no penalty for not having Hijab, unless the police warn you several times and you do not care.
- Women need full covering (‘Chador’ with no limitation on color) for visiting mosques and shrines. Chador is usually available in such sites.
- Official dress code in congress, business meetings, diplomatic meetings, etc. is ‘Manto’ with ‘scarf’ or ‘Maghnae’.
- Be aware that bikini and too tight and transparent clothes are strictly forbidden in Iran.
- All kinds of clothes (maxi, cardigan, skirt, jean, high heel, etc.) can be used if they do not infract the Islamic rules.
- Clothes are really cheap in Iran, compared with European and American countries.
Our gallery can be really helpful for understanding better how to dress in Iran, check the gallery page and see the normal and acceptable dress code in Iran.
Tip: we highly recommend travelers to dress similar to the way of dressing among Iranian People. Our consultant can help you to pick your style.
Final word: all of the mentioned notes and rules are just the official rules. The lifestyle is fairly different in Iran. Only by living there or traveling there you can understand the truth about the Iranian lifestyle and dress code, in the other words, reading about Iran is so much difference from experiencing it.