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Published: June 14th 2014
Ghasem-abadi dress which is used in some villages of the north of Iran.Also, some simple versions of it is used everywhere as Manto especially during summer timeWhat to wear in Iran?!
Ghasem-abadi dress which is used in some villages of the north of Iran.Also, some simple versions of it can be used everywhere as Manto especially during summer time.
: you have more freedom to choose what to wear here! ;-) Men can wear any kinds of shirts (long or short sleeves) & long pants that they want, any color, any design. Concerning wearing short, i have seen men putting on that in coastal cities in the north (Caspian sea's area) or south (Persian gulf) of Iran& in other cities while climbing and hiking in the nature. Also, when they are in the coast of sea, they just wear short (or swimming short) without shirt and they do swim or just walk next to sea shore ,or any involving in the other water sport activities.
And now "LADIES
", this post is useful for you who wish to travel to Iran. I started writing this post, because I have been travelling a lot these days in the different cities of Iran and I see western female tourists and somehow the way they cover themselves is much more conservative than Iranian women! ;-)
In general, women are supposed to wear head-covering, Manto and pant to cover their hairs and body. Although, there are some rules here:
* Wearing head-covering is mandatory in Iran for women so you can bring your own scarf which you use for neck and put it on your head or you may buy colorful scarves here for 1 euro to 100 euro depending on the quality and material,design,color,which shopping center you buying them and etc. There are many scarf shops in every corner of all cities!
* You can wear whatever COLOR you want. Please don’t wear black always! :D I have seen some tourists who wear very long loose black dresses which looks weird to us. You do not need to wear "Chador". You can wear "Manto"
. Manto is similar to a coat, a dress, or a blouse that cover your body.
* Pant can be everything, also you could wear skirt but with socks or long skirts which cover your legs without socks. Some girls also wear tights but not a thin one!
* If you have any long sleeve blouse, you can wear it as Manto in the airport. However there are thousands of shops in each street of every city in Iran which you may buy Manto for 10 euro to 200 euro (for the
photos of mantos, check the photos+the link in the comments) and some Mantos are really beautiful and full of handmade works, so you even can use the shorter ones in your country when you are back and show it to your friends and families who were telling you not to go to Iran! :D
* It is very possible that when you are walking in the streets, people and especially young generations come to you and start conversation or invite you for a lunch, dinner or a cup of tea! 😊 Don't be surprised, it is normal here and called HOSPITALITY! If you have been in any middle east country, perhaps you are familiar with this habit but in Europe hard to find ;-) Just like today, I am travelling in a city in Kurdistan province of Iran. We asked an address from a local and he invited us for lunch even thought it was Ramadan! He said when we are famous for hospitality, we need to prove it not only by words but by action! So if you are interested to see how a real life looks like in Iran, you can accept the invitation and go there.
When you are in their houses, you may take off your head-covering and Manto. Wear whatever you want there and enough stylish because people care a lot about their clothes and how they look like over here. Inside the houses and parties, it is exactly similar to what you wear in your own country. Then do not get nervous or uncomfortable. Relax and enjoy the new culture!
* If you are coming in winter, you do not need to buy any Manto, use your own rain coat or coat as Manto and it is completely acceptable.
* In the most of mosques (Masjed in Farsi language), you should wear Chador but no need to buy one, because always there is a room in front of the entrance door which gives you Chador for free and you can wear itinside, go to Masjed and visit it and then return it.
* Every year the style of Manto and the way girls wear in public, changes so I will try to update this post. Also, when I remember something new, I add it :D
* You can wear these kinds of Manto (attached photos) in the streets while
visiting Iran without problem. Moreover, there are some very nice Mantos which are more stylish with great art of handmade designs and women wear them usually with high heels for going out to restaurants, meeting friends, partying and etc. You will see those models when you come here! ;-) or just check the links in the comment!
* Dear ladies, you can wear sandals and show foots and nails (polished too) without any problem. remember that you are tourist and tourists are more than welcome in iran and as soon as you pass the country borders, you will get it!
* I have written more posts about basic information of Iran before heading (https://www.travelblog.org/Middle-East/Iran/blog-864740.html) , what to eat and drink in Iran (https://www.travelblog.org/Middle-East/Iran/blog-841898.html) and many other posts about different landscapes or cities of Iran that you find them in my blog (https://www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/visit2iran/)
Here is a collection of some of my Mantos which you may have a look to get some ideas about the style of wearing! :D
If you have any question, write me. It will motivate me and for sure I will answer them. Or,
if you have already traveled to Iran, you are welcome to share your experiences with others here.
Finally, I wish you a wonderful stay in Manto Land beyond imaginations ! ;-)
Thanks for spending time here and Royal Wishes from Tehran,
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