After looking at dozens of photographs of dinner jackets last week for the San Francisco Ballet post, it occurs to me that many of the men would have benefited from a touch of red.
Boutonniere, pocket square, hose or in the pattern on a waistcoat, a touch of red (or purple, for that matter) adds just the right amount of color to otherwise unadorned black tie.
Monotony is less of a problem with white tie (not that many of us have much occasion to wear it) because a man can, and should, wear his medals with white tie. But black tie can be so, well, black.
So try a touch of red. But please, not the bowtie. That should never be colored.