Clothing in Farsi

Persian Wear

As a tourist who may stay in Iran for a couple of weeks, learning the names of clothes in Persian may seem unnecessary and even fruitless. However, it can happen that you lose your luggage at the airport or understand that you do not have proper clothes with you, which means you have to buy some in Iran. Then, this part can help you to go shopping. It is easier to buy a piece of clothing when you know its name. Reading the following tips can also help you understand the environment, culture and dress code in Iran and Afghanistan.

In Iranian Persian (Farsi), some of the related words to fashion and clothing have been borrowed from English or French. You only need to learn their Persian pronunciation if you are familiar with these two languages. Here are some examples:

⦁ t-shirt → tišert
⦁ jacket → žâkat
⦁ boot → but
⦁ coat → kot
⦁ chemisier → šomiz
⦁ blouse → boluz
⦁ manteau → mânto
⦁ shorts → šort

(The last two words in this list, have different function, though)

Hijab in Persian Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan

In Iran, hijab is obligatory, but we do not mean burqa or veil when we talk about hijab. In Afghanistan, wearing burqa is not obligatory everywhere and for everyone. Iranian women have to wear a long shirt with long sleeves in public. This is what we call “mânto” in Iran. You need to cover your hair with a shawl, too. In the following picture, you can see what Iranian women usually wear in their daily life.

hijab in Iran - Clothing in Persian
clothing - Clothing in Persian

Be careful!

While you are talking about clothes in Persian “shorts” and “šort” are false friends. You need to be careful while using this word in Farsi, since “šort” means boxers or panties for Iranians. For saying “shorts” as short pants, you need to use “šalvârak” which you can’t wear in public no matter whether you are a man or a woman.

Finally, check where and when you are planning to travel in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. Some parts of these countries can be very cold while other parts are really warm. Moreover, in some cities people are more conservative than other parts of these countries. So, you need to check all these before packing.

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Clothing Vocabulary in Farsi

English Pronunciation Farsi Sound
clothe lebâs لِباس [sc_embed_player fileurl=”لباس/”]
t-shirt tišert تی شِرت [sc_embed_player fileurl=”تیشرت/”]
dress pirâhan پیراهَن [sc_embed_player fileurl=”پیراهن/”]
shirt pirâhan پیراهَن [sc_embed_player fileurl=”پیراهن/”]
trousers šalvâr شَلوار [sc_embed_player fileurl=”شلوار/”]
jeans jin جین [sc_embed_player fileurl=”جین/”]
socks jurâb جوراب [sc_embed_player fileurl=”جوراب/”]
shorts šalvarak شَلوارَک [sc_embed_player fileurl=”شلوارک/”]
underwear lebâs-e zir لِباس ِ زیر [sc_embed_player fileurl=”لباس-زیر/”]
scarf rusari روسَری [sc_embed_player fileurl=”روسری/”]
shoes kafš کَفش [sc_embed_player fileurl=”کفش/”]
blouse boluz بُلوز [sc_embed_player fileurl=”بلوز/”]
over coat pâlto پالتو [sc_embed_player fileurl=”پالتو/”]
rain coat bârâni بارانی [sc_embed_player fileurl=”بارانی/”]
hat kolâh کُلاه [sc_embed_player fileurl=”کلاه/”]
scarf šâl شال [sc_embed_player fileurl=”شال/”]
jacket žâkat ژاکت [sc_embed_player fileurl=”ژاکت/”]
coat kot کُت [sc_embed_player fileurl=”کت/”]
pullover poliver پلیور [sc_embed_player fileurl=”پلیور/”]
gloves dastkeš دستکش [sc_embed_player fileurl=”دستکش/”]
pantyhose jurâb šalvâri جوراب شلواری [sc_embed_player fileurl=”جورابشلواری/”]
costume kot-o šalvâr کُت و شَلوار [sc_embed_player fileurl=”کت-و-شلوار/”]
belt kamarband کَمَربَند [sc_embed_player fileurl=”کمربند/”]
tie kerâvât کراوات [sc_embed_player fileurl=”کراوات/”]
bag kif کیف [sc_embed_player fileurl=”کیف/”]
wallet kif-e pul کیفِ پول [sc_embed_player fileurl=”کیفپول/”]
purse kif-e dasti کیفِ دَستی [sc_embed_player fileurl=”کیفدستی/”]
backpack kule(h) pošti کوله پُشتی [sc_embed_player fileurl=”کوله-پشتی/”]
high heels kafš-e pâšne(h) boland کَفشِ پاشنه بُلَند [sc_embed_player fileurl=”کفش-پاشنه-بلند/”]
loafer kafš-e râhati کفش راحتی [sc_embed_player fileurl=”کفش-راحتی/”]
sport shoes kafš-e varzeši کَفشِ وَرزِشی [sc_embed_player fileurl=”کفش-ورزشی/”]
walking shoes kafš-e piyâde(h)-ravi کَفشِ پیاده رَوی [sc_embed_player fileurl=”کفش-پیاده-روی/”]
sneakers katuni کَتونی [sc_embed_player fileurl=”کتونی/”]