How You Should Dress in Iran
You may be one of the people who are enthusiastic to visit this truly ancient and unique land, but some rumors make you hesitate to travel to Iran. In media you may have heard of toughness about women dress code in Iran. But are these rumors true? does Iranian government treat so harsh toward women?
In a word, no. Hijab rules are not so strict that you’ve heard of. Specially for tourists they are more easygoing that in the worst situation they only request you to observe the hijab regulations (typically in a kind way). So there’s nothing to be worried about and if you are a solo woman travelling to Iran , with observing minimum requirements you’ll face no problems.
You probably have heard of the chador and neghab and these things may have made you anxious. if not, I told you. the chador is that long dark garment women wear over other clothes to cover their body completely and the neghab is a garment which covers face. But don’t mix up Iran with Saudi Arabia, because chador is completely optional and neghab is a garment which is worn in old times and no longer is common in Iran. You rarely encounter women wearing chador and almost all the girls do not use chador anymore.
In holy places like ancient mosques you probably have to wear the chador. But you do not need to carry a chador with yourself. You’ll be borrowed a chador for free in the entrance of the mosque or shrine.