Understanding Women's Dress Code in Iran for Travelers
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Contrary to the myth, there is no restriction on colors for clothing in Iran. Both men and women can wear a variety of colors, with lighter shades recommended during summer. Women should cover their hair, but the rules are more lenient for tourists. A scarf is sufficient for hair coverage, and it’s acceptable for some hair to frame the face. Loose-fitting garments like baggy shirts, coats, or mantels are appropriate. Jeans are also widely accepted.
Sandals and open shoes are common and acceptable in Iran.
In major cities like Tehran, Shiraz, and Isfahan, fashion tends to be more modern, with women making subtle fashion statements. However, in more conservative areas like Yazd, Kerman, Kermanshah, and Kashan, it’s advisable to dress more conservatively. At religious sites like shrines and mosques, full covering is required, but chadors are usually available for visitors.
For your flight to Iran, it’s recommended to bring a long, baggy shirt and a thin scarf, which can be creatively adapted into a headscarf. This is especially useful if you prefer not to use the scarves provided at Tehran’s international airport.
Over the past year, Iran has seen a relaxation in hijab enforcement, with young women increasingly seen without headscarves in public, though still dressed modestly.