Etiquette Questions for the Executive Protection Agent

Introducing Bodyguard Blogs new ongoing feature on Etiquette & Protocol.  Like any other profession, image is important in our business and first impressions are lasting ones.  Knowing how to shoot is great, but if you can not get a second interview with an employer, all those great skills might go to waste.  To help with this, we brought in the big guns, namely writer and etiquette coach, Susanne Dancer.


Q: What’s the best type of suit for an EP agent to wear? (Fabric? Single or double breasted? Color?)  –Larry W. Texas

A: The best suit fabric for any suit is wool as there two weights available: summer or tropical, such as worsted which is the most common weight used for suits and winter such as tweed or flannel.  Linen suits might look good for the first half  hour, but do not wear well in an EP environment.

The recommended colours for suits are navy, gray, charcoal and black if you can wear it plain wool, herringbone, pin stripe or chalk stripe without giving off that “hit man bodyguard” look.

Buy the best you can afford and always get an extra pair of pants with a suit.  Try on different styles and colours along with plain or striped to see what suits you based off of skin tone, weight and height.

Always go with a single breasted suit.  Double breasted might be making a fashion come back but also would be a hindrance for the Close Protection Agent as you cannot wear it unbuttoned without it looking sloppy.

A three piece can look good but requires a degree of confidence to pull off.  Also it can help to provide some additional concealment for body armour for hazardous situations.   There are some options to a normal waist coat such as the Stab Vest from PPSS featured in a recent edition of The Circuit Magazine.

Remember if you do wear a weapon or other gear (i.e. radios) as part of your assignments remember to bring it with you and wear it when you are getting suits fitted.  It also would not hurt to make friends with a reliable tailor,  as it makes all the difference when it comes to getting alterations on short notice.

Susanne Dancer is a former butler and administrator who has trained with the Guild of Professional English Butlers.  Her work in Etiquette has taken her from Brisbane to London with an emphasis on International Protocol.  She is regularly consulted as an expert in her field on subjects such as how to dress appropriately while working with High Net Worth individuals, and the delicate subject of table manners.

Have an etiquette question for Susan?  Ask it HERE.

3 thoughts on “Etiquette Questions for the Executive Protection Agent”

  1. Great post. I do a lot of reading on EP related subjects. Its easy to find info on tactics, training and firearms, but this is the first I’ve seen on suits. Please keep up the original posts and content.

  2. Glad you enjoyed the feature Jeff. I felt the same way about how there is very little information online about areas of Etiquette as it relates to the Executive Protection Industry, so we are glad to have Susanne as a guest columnist.

    Thanks for reading!

  3. Hey Elijah,

    As a consultant for Suit Man USA, I wanted to reach out to you. As your website indicates its important for your men to transition properly from night life security/bouncers into Executive Protection. As you and I both know its extremely important to look the part. That is why I loved your article on the etiquette of dressing appropriately. A lot of Agencies are still unfamiliar with the Owner and Founder Stewart Altschuler’s services. He is known as the one and only Suit man in the USA providing all agencies from DEA, United Nations, Trump Security etc with a tactical suits that make them look like Wall St Executives. I would love to further discuss this. You can check him out on facebook under Suitman USA and reach me via email.

    Thank you,
    Consultant for Suitman USA

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