It doesn’t mean you need to have a tight scarf around your head, in contrast it is rather acceptable for women to allow whips of their hair to frame their face. Body should be covered with loose clothing such as baggy shirts, coats and/or manteaux. You can also wear your jeans here in Iran.
Here’s a short summary of what to wear in Iran…
Men always have it easier
As it so often is, the dress code for men is simple as can be. You could sum it up in just a few words: everyday street wear. Leave your shorts and flip flops at home and you’re basically good to go. We found long-sleeved, cotton or linen shirts to be the perfect attire for men. You can roll up the sleeves on hot days and it makes you look relatively classy. Iranian men dress sharp and take good care of their appearances, you’ll fit right in.
Let’s move on more complex part of the equation:
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. There are some minimum requirements for foreign women dress-code in public places:
- Color: It’s a completely false belief that wearing must be d ark in Iran. There is no limitation in this respect and we recommend you make sure using light colors in summer.
- Head: 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.
- Body: Should be covered with loose clothes like man shirt, coat or manteau. Arms should not be bare.
- Legs & feet: Legs should be covered down to ankles. Feet can be bare and you can wear sandals. Tight jeans are no problem.