Dress code in Iran: what should you wear? [photo guide]

Dress Code in Iran

There are many reasons why people decide on trying an Iran tour instead of visiting France again. Iran is an ancient country, one of the oldest civilizations on earth. and its nature is unlike any other. but, yes, unfortunately, there are some drawbacks, like the dress code in Iran.

In today's article, Iranmedopia has decided to dedicate a post to the history of the dress code in Iran and also what to wear as a tourist if you are planning to come to Iran.

Why visit Iran?

visiting Iran demands a few sacrifices, but on the other hand, you get to visit a country which attractions have been hidden from the world.

it's like when you think you've seen all the great movies, but then one night, you decide to watch one with friends and it becomes your favorite movie!

or, when you listen to a new song and suddenly, you come to yourself and find out you've been listening to it for the hundredth time without getting tired.

You should give Iran a chance, to show you its thousands-year-old ruins and evergreen valleys.

History of Dress code in Iran:

I don't want to go much back in history and talk about ancient Persia and then the Arabs invasion and how Islam came to Iran.

let's just see how it changed during the last century, before and after the revolution.

There is a history of revenge between religious people and not so religious people in Iran.

Iranian Street Style Before the revolution

Back then in Pahlavi's time, religious people used to cover up and nonreligious people used to wear whatever they want.

Until Reza Shah -father of Mohammadreza shah- decided to remove chador from women's clothing by setting law and asking women not longer to wear Chador.

it raised a lot of controversy in Iran back then. part of the population was still traditional and followed religious dress codes.

Dress Code in Iran After the revolution

After the Islamic revolution in Iran, (about 40 years ago) Hijab became compulsory for women by the revolutionaries. (although promised otherwise)

so, today, in spite of public demanding, Iranian women are still required to follow the Islamic dress code in Iran and cover their heads and their bodies in public by the law.

Iranian Street style

one of the interesting facts about Iranians is that although they've always been under harsh rules coming from this and that government, they've always somehow managed to add their own style to it too.

although its harden than ever these days, the Iranian street style has made a lot of changes since the first years of the revolution.

in this interesting video, 100 years of beauty, you can check out the changes that have been made in the women's dress code in Iran and their hijab over the century, including the last few decades.

What do women wear in Iran today?

unlike the popular belief, not everybody wears chador. there are different styles in the streets.

in the pictures below, you can see different styles of women in Iran. this is only a general classification

Dress code in Iran for tourists:

There is not a separate dress code for tourists in Iran. Female tourists are also required to wear scarves and cover their bodies in public. but they are not as strict on tourists as they are on the locals.

you can wear light trousers or jeans with a loose shirt to feel comfortable.

and remember, the most important thing to cover is hair.

Its not what public demands, but that's the law and as a tourist, its better to follow the laws and keep out of trouble.

Dress Code in Iran for men

I have seen men wearing shorts in the streets when visiting Iran, and there isn't a rule or a dress code asking men not to.

but since it's not the culture in Iran, you might get a lot of attention. it's better to wear  pants.

Iranian Traditional Clothing

There are many different ethnicities living in Iran. each of these Iranian ethnicities has their own cultures and customs and dialect.

the main language of the country is persian or farsi, but there are different dialacts spoken by each ethncitiy.

the major ethnicities are:

  • Kurds
  • Lurs
  • Turks
  • Arabs
  • Mazanis
  • Gilak
  • balooch

in this section of the article, we are going to have a look at different ethnicities and their traditional clothing in Iran.

Kurds traditional clothing in Iran

Kurdish people mainly live in West Azerbaijan, Kurdistan, Kermanshah, and Ilam.

Kermanshahi and Ilamian Kurds are generally Shia Muslims, in contrast to the West Azerbaijan Kurds, who are adherents of Sunni Islam.

Their mother language is Kurdish.

Click here to read more about the Kurds and Kurdish Culture.

Lurs traditional clothing in iran

Lors or lurs or Lorish people are an iranian people that mainly live in the west and southwest of Iran.

Lurs speak an Iranian dialect called Luri; they live in Provinces like Lorestan, Khuzestan, and Kuh-Gilu-Boir Ahmed.

it is worth mentioning that the territories presently occupied by the Lurs have been inhabited by man for some 40,000 years.