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Executive Protection Dress Code — Dressing for the Part

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If you’ve ever seen an EP professional on the street, doing their thing, you’ve probably noticed how dapper they look. Well, that’s not by chance or luck, and most of them actually have to follow a somewhat strict executive protection dress code. Sure, it’ll vary from one client to the next, and from one professional to the other, but it all usually boils down to the same thing.

There are a ton of reasons that explain the professional getup, and countless different ways you could do it. So here are the basics of the executive protection dress code explained, along with some pro tips on how you can achieve the look.

Why It Matters What You Wear

No matter what your current assignment entails or who your client is, you always have to dress for the part. What’s more, you should always be ready and have outfits that you could throw on at a moment’s notice. After all, efficiency is the name of the game.

But more importantly, your clothes will tell a story of who you are, and what’s important to you. So picking out an outfit or finding the right style for the job is trickier than it seems.

However, a general rule of thumb in the EP world is that it’s always better to be slightly overdressed than underdressed for the occasion. You’re more likely to stick out like a sore thumb with a T-shirt and sneakers than a business-casual outfit.

Basically, what we’re trying to say here is that, if you want to be taken seriously in the EP industry, you need to find your style. Also, you should always plan ahead (as much as you can) to avoid drawing negative attention to yourself.

Breaking Down the Executive Protection Dress Code

Now that you know the importance of an executive protection dress code, it’s time to get into the specifics. Let’s talk about the exact elements you should be focusing on, and which ones you can afford to be laidback about.

But remember, building an entire wardrobe doesn’t happen over night. It takes time, which is why it’s always best to start with some basic, high-quality pieces, and build your way up.


More often than not, you’ll be expected to wear a suit, which is why it needs to be a staple in your wardrobe. Ideally, you’d get a suit that’s specifically tailored to you, but if you’re just starting out, that’s probably not an option.

Either way, go to a tailor or a store and have someone take your exact measurements. From then on, finding the right suits, shirts, jackets, and everything else in between will be much easier.

Also, another thing to remember is that you can never go wrong with a dark suit. Opt for navy, dark gray, or black suits in the beginning because they’ll be simple to style. Steer clear of flashy suits, bright colors, and prints because they’ll make you seem less professional.


When it comes to choosing and wearing jackets, there are a few simple rules to follow. For one, they should never be too big and go all the way to your knees, or too short, and sit above your butt.

Also, unless you know that your assignment is going to be in a tropical/desert area, go for the lined jackets. Always unbutton jackets when you’re sitting down, and if you’re wearing something double-breasted, do the inside button, too.


No matter your gender, if you’re in the EP industry, pants are always the most comfortable thing you can wear. One of the basics of the executive protection dress code when it comes to pants is that they should have at least a little bit of stretch. Try to find something that has 1% or 2% elastomer because it’s comfortable, but also pretty form-fitting.


executive protection dress code Contrary to popular belief, a lot of EP pros don’t really wear ties on a regular basis. That’s simply because they don’t need to; unless they’re at a black-tie event.

However, if you do choose to wear a tie, make sure that it goes well with the suit you’re wearing, and that it’s the right size. It should hit your belt buckle precisely, and ideally, you should be able to do a Windsor knot.


When it comes to the executive protection dress code for socks, the rules are pretty simple — nothing white. Unless you’re working out, white socks have no business being a part of your outfit.

Socks should cover your calf, and be the same color as either your suit or your shoes. Again, we recommend investing in breathable and comfortable materials, like 100% cotton.


One of the biggest staples of your whole entire outfit has to be shoes, no matter what. Sometimes, the job requires you to be on the go or standing still for 15, 16 hours a day.

So when you’re looking into buying shoes, you do need to look for style, but even more importantly, comfort. Of course, we’re not saying that you have to spend a fortune on them, but the three key components that you should keep in mind are:

  • Outsole
  • Insole
  • Heel


As far as accessories go in the EP industry, they’re definitely welcomed, but shouldn’t be overdone. If you’re not sure how to mix and match, you can follow two simple pairings.

For one, your cufflinks, tie, and pocket square should always match, and should never be too bold or flashy. Also, coordinate your belt, shoes, and socks so that they all go together.

If you want to wear sunglasses, we recommend a polarized pair that has a high UV protection rating. Remember to take them off indoors, or you’ll look amateurish and unprofessional.

Black-Tie Events

Ideally, for a black-tie event, you could just put on a suit or pantsuit, and go about your day. However, since you’re in the business of blending in, and not standing out, that’s not always an option.

Even though you’re attending a formal event, you still need to incorporate functionality and form into your outfit. For men, you could wear a dark-colored suit, and put a bowtie on, along with a watch.

However, if you’re a woman in the EP industry, it’s a bit more complicated than that. If you don’t want to stand out too much, you should wear a formal dress, but one that doesn’t restrict your movement.

To Sum Up

We know that all these rules and guidelines might feel overwhelming, especially if you’re just entering the EP industry. However, after a while, choosing an outfit for the job will be second nature, and you won’t be second-guessing yourself constantly.

The absolute best advice we can give you when it comes to the executive protection dress code is not to over-do it. Take your time finding the right pieces, buy tailored suits when you can, and try to enjoy the process.

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