If you are reading this article before your Iran trip, it means you are an educated professional traveler who reads about customs and social norms before traveling to a new country. Here is a guide about the hijab in Iran.
The new Islamic rules after the revolution in 1979 impelled women to have Hijab outdoors. The form and the face of this phenomenon have been refashioned but the core proposition is the one Islam has deﬁned centuries ago.
Foreign tourists are expected to dress like Iranian inhabitants and respect the rules like they do in any other country they visit.
The article below guides you to have a clearer idea about the hijab and what to pack before you get on your plane to Iran.
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The main form of hijab in Iran
The idea is to cover the whole hair, arms, and hands up to the wrist and legs to the ankle. In the past, women used to wear Chador to cover up the whole body except the face, with a large piece of cloth. Nowadays, women still wear a black chador in the streets. This is more common and customary in religious cities such as Qom, Mashhad, Yazd, and Isfahan.
Today, the popular form of hijab for people is to have long trousers, knee-length manteau, and a headscarf.
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What to wear in summer
Spring and summer are the colorful seasons of the year. There are uncountable options to choose to wear in hot seasons in Iran. Due to the high temperature, it is recommended to put on a layer of cotton clothes. For instance, a long sleeve loose shirt and a long skirt or a long dress would be great. Moreover, wide-leg and palazzo trousers come out into the market during the summer.
Many foreign tourists wonder if it is OK to wear colorful, ﬂoral or paisley clothes in Iran. The answer is a big fat YES!
It is absolutely ﬁne to wear any color you like, with any patterns you fancy. The hijab is about covering the body; there is no limitation on the design.
The other frequently asked question is if there will be a problem if they wear sandals in Iran; Deﬁnitely Not.
It is pretty common to wear any kind of sandals in summer. In general, your shoes are not going to make you any trouble here!
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What to wear in Winter
Winter fashion is already compatible with the hijab. The only thing to add is a headscarf or a hat that covers the hair fully.
Hijab for Children and Babies
Oh no— that’s not gonna happen. Basically Islam says that girls should start wearing the hijab from the age of 9. However, in Iran, girls usually do so almost when their body gets mature like a woman. If you are traveling with your young daughter, you can pack her some long jeans and loose T-shirts or shirts. Hijab rules are less strict for young people.
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Hijab for men
Yes, that’s right! Men also need to follow a dress code when traveling to Iran.
Short trousers and tank tops are not socially accepted here. However, shoes, Tshirts, shirts, and trousers in any color would be ﬁne for male foreign tourists in Iran. Keep in mind that in beach cities the atmosphere is diﬀerent; are the rules mentioned above are taken less seriously there.
Is it ok to show a little hair with a hijab?
The Islamic rules say no, but in the real daily life of Iranians you will see a diﬀerent thing. It is no problem to show a little hair when you have your scarf on.
Can I loose my headscarf?
You do not have to tighten your scarf and make yourself uncomfortable. It is acceptable to loose your scarf as long as you manage to keep it on your head.
Can I lose my headscarf?
Nope. As long as you are spending time outdoors you need to keep the headscarf on and keep your arms and legs covered.
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