If you want to travel abroad, each country has particular regulations. When you want to travel to Iran, one rule that you might want to consider is Iran Dress Code.
Women’s Dress Code:
Under the Islamic Republic law, Iran Dress Code states that women must wear Hijab. However, the Iranian hijab is significantly different from other Islamic countries. First, it’s mandatory, and second, it’s diverse and colorful.
Any cover that is not sheer and covers the arms, legs, and hair is an example of an Iranian hijab. There are no restrictions in terms of choosing the color and design of the dress. Only a layer of hijab is enough for tourism in Iran’s Dress Code. In other words, the hijab in Iran doesn’t mean you have to cover yourself from head to toe in black, and you will find this out by looking at the clothing of Iranian citizens.
It is unavoidable for women tourists in Iran to cover some of their hair. Women tourists could have a scarf or shawl in their carry-on to uphold the laws of their destination so that they do not face any of the difficulties of acquiring one at the airport. If you do not have a scarf, nothing unusual will happen. You only need to spend a bit of time and money to buy a scarf from somewhere.
Iran Dress Code
According to Islamic Republic’s regulations, female tourists must wear a cover called “Chador” to visit some holy shrines like the Imam Reza shrine in Mashhad, Hazrat Masoumeh shrine in Qom, Shahcheragh shrine in Shiraz, etc. These sites, like any major Church or Buddhist temple, provide Chadors to visitors for free. The Iranian Chador is a large and patterned piece of cloth that you place on your head. To wear it with more comfort, they have designed new Chadors with sleeves and a hood.
Wearing the Chador (the Iran Dress Code) in these sites is rooted in religious beliefs and is considered a respectful sign for that holy Shrine.
Other than the hair, tourists must cover their arms, shoulders, and legs too.
Dress Code for Men
Under Islamic Republic law, the Iran Dress Code states that it is not common for men to wear sleeveless blouses and short trousers. Although not prohibited by law, it is not the daily costume of men in Iran. Men do not need to wear chadors or any other form of hijab. However, they should put on the usual clothing of Iranian men (shirts and pants).
How do Locals dress in Iran?
Approximately a quarter of Iranian women wear Chadors, and it’s traditionally black. Most women only wear a manteau that reaches down to mid-thigh. This manteau could either be open in the front with a long T-shirt underneath it or buttoned. Their hair is covered usually with a scarf or shawl.
Note: The new Iran Dress Code law states that the hijab must be worn at all times, even if you are in a private car.