So when we wear black, or we see another wearing black, it reveals both everything and nothing about the person at once, creating an enigma in our mind.
Black has so many cultural and sub-textual references its nearly impossible to name them all. That said, we use black to convey serious intent, sophistication, sadness and grief, dangerous sexuality and removal from the concerns of daily life, as in the habits of clergy.
When black is connected to sophistication as a concept it usually gets rendered with extreme simplicity, like this portrait of Coco Chanel.
But the ability of black to psychologically remove us from the playing field of everyday life is one of the most curious of its manifestations.
In our current culture we are choosing to use black as a default color to wear on a daily basis. Many people choose to have a nearly all black wardrobe, simply because it makes dressing "easier" for them in this over-abundantly choice ridden society.
Some people, however can take that concept and lift it to a state of personal artistry, and isn't that what we all aspire to?
So, the mystery about black remains, strong, unshakable, insoluble. It is the thing we cannot see, cannot control and do not understand. It is the outermost limits of our vision, and the expression of those limits. It is why it remains the most compelling color of all.