Two women model Islamic-chic styles on a street in Tehran, Aug. 5, 2013. (photo by Barbara Slavin)

What to Wear in Tehran: The Evolution of Islamic Chic

Author: Barbara Slavin Posted August 5, 2013

TEHRAN, Iran — When this reporter first started coming to Iran 17 years ago, required Islamic dress for women came in only four colors: navy blue, dark brown, grey and of course, basic black.

SummaryPrint The once-drab Iranian hijab has blossomed into colorful and figure-hugging styles that satisfy the letter if not the spirit of Islamic law.
Author Barbara Slavin Posted August 5, 2013
TranslatorEzgi Akin

Slowly, however, Iranian hijab has blossomed into a Technicolor array of hues and figure-hugging styles that satisfy the letter if not the spirit of Islamic law.

It is rare these days to see an Iranian woman under 50 wearing the pitch-black tent-like garment known as a chador, long associated with the Islamic Republic.

Mannequins sport the latest trends in Tehran.

A selection of styles are available.

One aspect of the rules remains unchanged, however, and that is the requirement to cover at least a portion of one’s hair and most of one’s body. With temperatures that in summer soar above 105 degrees Fahrenheit, that can make a woman in Tehran feel like something else associated with Iran: the grilled meat on a skewer known as kabob.

Barbara Slavin is Washington correspondent for Al-Monitor and a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council where she focuses on Iran. On Twitter: @BarbaraSlavin1

Read More: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/08/islamic-fashion-tehran-hijab.html

Barbara Slavin
Washington Correspondent 

Barbara Slavin is Washington correspondent for Al-Monitor and a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council where she focuses on Iran. On Twitter: @BarbaraSlavin1

Original Al-Monitor Translations

Türkçe okuyun

Translate with Google

©2014 Al-Monitor. All rights reserved.

Share