Bad news fellas, if you’re planning a trip to Iran anytime soon, you’ll have to leave your necklaces at home. We know, we know, your bling is your hot, signature look, but Tehran’s moral police beg to differ.
The Islamic regime has instituted yet another crackdown on “un-Islamic” trends, banning everything from short pants and loose-fitting head scarves on women, to what they deem as “decadent” western-looking haircuts (surely, Bieber bobs are banned) and yes gentlemen, your beloved gold chains, fancy pendants, and other neck jewelry.
The latest restrictions come on the heels of a bill proposed by the Iranian parliament to criminalize the ownership of dogs (yes, that means puppies, too, people!). The Gaurdian reported that the regime sees pet dogs as posing “a cultural problem, a blind imitation of the vulgar culture of the west.”
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The moral police serve under Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, and include 70,000 trained forces tasked with paroling the streets of the capital, handing out fines and arresting any offenders spotted wearing necklaces and sporting hip coifs.
While men may be frustrated with the regulations on their fly style, they are allowed to wear short-sleeve shirts. Women are even more restricted as they are required to stay completely covered from head to toe, regardless of the sweltering summer temperatures heating the country.
If you’re planning a visit we strongly recommend you read up on the most current restrictions and always err on the side of caution going out in public in Iran.