For those that are regular readers of my blog you maybe aware that I’m half Iranian. Often people hear my surname and think I’m Italian, however that’s not the case. My father’s from Tehran and my mother, Yorkshire. So I was really excited and pleased to find a blog dedicated to Iranian street style. Yes! it does exist and I was just as surprised as most are when I tell them about it. I’m not going to go straight into the pictures, I will post a few. But I’ll link you to the entire blog that contains the collection.
I guess my reaction to finding it illustrates how we often just take what’s portrayed in the media as gospel, without giving it much consideration.
I’ll give you a bit of a background that may explain why I was so happy to find these images and also surprised. In 1979 the Iranian revolution brought the end to the monarchy and saw the start of Iran as an Islamic Republic. The clergy enforced women, above the age of 9, to cover their hair and bodies, colour, heels and make up were banned.
Certain books and music were banned and women in positions of power removed. Women’s rights in Iran took a giant leap back. However, this lead to one of the most dynamic women’s rights movements in the Islamic world. For men the rules were far less strict; the banning of wearing ties (seen as ‘too western’, wtf?) and discouragement of certain hair styles.
These rules were monitored by the revolutionary guard and morality police who would fine and arrest those in breach of the above rules.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade
Over the decades that have past the rules haven’t been enforced as strictly as they once were. Iranian women have also found ways of pushing the boundaries and adapting their fashion to show off the bits they can get away with. Heavy make up, manicures and big hair are now in vogue. They’re working within the rules to express themselves in new ways. Colour, once forbidden is now starting to make a come back thanks to Iranian fashion designers turning classic Islamic dress in to something more chic.
I’m thrilled to have found the blog and loved some of the outfits and styling I found. I’ve selected some of my favourite bits to share with you but go and check out the blog and come back and let me know what you think. It just goes to show how limitations can make you more creative when it comes to styling and I love the attitude of the women of Iran. Despite the risk of being arrested (all be it less now) they still don’t let it restrict them from expressing themselves through their clothes.
You can see all the street style images, including the ones above, at The Tehran Times.
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