To say it straight, I would have never expected this response.
Unknown people started to talk to me on the street and immediately welcomed me to their country.
Just like anywhere else, nearly every younger woman in Iran is totally into fashion, so it is no wonder that you can see many very well-dressed girls on the street.
However, whether hip or not hip, it’s a fact that you need a long dress you can wear in public.
Do you have to wear a headscarf as a Western woman in Iran? ” It’s just one single word and yet I have heard it so many times last May when travelling to Iran as a woman. When in Persia, it seems like everybody welcomes you to the country. I am not completely certain, if this is the famous Persian kindness or pure pleasure about the fact to spot a tourist that are rarely seen in a country of a very old high culture, but also a country that unfortunately is often mixed up with Taliban boot camps.
I know that open-minded friendliness towards tourists is certainly very common in many tourist regions throughout South East Asia or in Turkey or South Italy, but the experience that I made in Iran has topped everything else.
In some regions like the Capitol Tehran you can wear the scarf just loose over your topknot like I did and show your hairline.
In the beginning of my Iran backpacking trip I always took care of not showing too many hair (blond – OMG!!!
In the end of this post I will tell you shortly about what the major part of the population thinks about the topic.
But first of all, here are the most important rules of etiquette or better said Dos and Don’ts when it comes to the Iran dress code for women. So in other words, you follow them as a female tourist.
To be honest, due to the fact that in the first days of my trip we had 35° celsius, wearing a hijab was just annoying.
While in Germany or other states a scarf is a nice accessory, that you wear at the neck, in Iran you wear it on your head. It depends on the situation and the place or city, how many or how few hairs you should cover.
This kindness is something I have never experienced during my travels ever before.