Black, blue, white, green, grey: which colour of bow tie would you like to have? When the dress code mentions it, the bow tie must be paired with the suit or tuxedo, following the rigorous canons of elegance. With the black-tie, for example, you wear the solid black colour bow tie (hence the name) in satin or shiny silk like the waistband. Instead, for an evening in tailcoat, the bow tie should be in white pique fabric matching the gilet. The bow tie turns into an accessory suitable for more casual looks, for example with a sports jacket or combined with a sweater. In this case free pass to the patterns, but better to opt for less shiny and bright fabrics like wool.