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!!!
Just imagine that in the end of our backpacking Iran trip we didn’t even have to pay a hotel, because one of our new friends invited us over to stay at his place. In short, Iran is an Islamic state in which the Sharia is law.In other words, Islam – the religion – is embodied in the law and everyone who lives there has to comply with these laws.As a result everybody just starred at me and at my feet, from man to woman, from children to elderlies. But then again the dress code can be very different from place to place.While in one city something is completely forbidden, it might be tolerated in the next. This kindness is something I have never experienced during my travels ever before.
Here is my field report after 5 weeks backpacking in Iran. It’s just amazing to recognize all these friendly faces around you.Otherwise not doing it can the same consequences than not wearing a hijab.But don’t panic, many persian women in the bigger cities like Tehran also wear tighter, more colorful and more stylish trench coats. A little advice: Don’t mix up a Manto with a Chador, these black, huge cloaks, where the only thing that is uncovered is the woman’s face. The most important thing first: No legs, no arms, no skin!Leggings, jeans, linen-pants, skirts, dresses, everything is allowed.Important is to wear it in a long version, because every dress has to reach down to the ankles. My worst experience was in the extrem hot and sandy city of Yazd in the south of Iran, where I made the “mistake” to wear a black dress, which was 4 cm too short to cover my ankles and feet.), but you will get more confident with the time and will get a feeling for the situation.