Taylor Swift and her ex-boyfriend reconnect in the complex “Style.”
An antsy guitar opens the single, setting a heedful tone. She peeks through her blinds. Still no sign of him yet. She isn’t sure what to expect. She hasn’t talked to him in over a year. Together, though, their emotions get heightened. Nonetheless, she isn’t looking for anything from him – a chance to catch up, find out what’s going on his life and at least maintain some contact. However, getting back together is bound to be an issue. She isn’t sure how she feels about it just yet. Somehow, they can’t get the timing right. (“Midnight, you come and pick me up, no headlights/Long drive, could end in burning flames or paradise/Fade into view, oh/It's been a while since I have even heard from you/I should just tell you to leave/Cause I know exactly where it leads/But I watch us go round and round each time.”)
In the chorus, he’s the brooding rebel with a heart of gold. She’s the independent girl who sets her own trends. Despite their previous problems, they always manage to pick up where they left off. He’s the one person in her life she can still count on. (“You got that James Dean daydream look in your eye/And I got that red lip, classic thing that you like/And when we go crashing down, we come back every time/Cause we never go out of style, we never go out of style/You've got that long hair slick back, white t-shirt/And I got that good girl faith and a tight little skirt/And when we go crashing down, we come back every time/We never go out of style, we never go out of style.”)
He keeps turning his towards her, staring. She puts her hand to her mouth to cover her smile and looks out the window. Not even fifteen minutes into the drive, she had fallen for him all over again. She can’t let him know her feelings. She didn’t mention the guy she had been seeing. She had found out he had girlfriend through some mutual friends. Not once did their significant others come up. They return back to her house and he asks if he could come inside. Finally, though, she has to say something. She asks about his girlfriend. He responds that she’s nice and all but he still thinks of their time together. She nods, knowing it’s safe to say how she feels, says she never forgot. (“So it goes, he can't keep his wild eyes on the road/Takes me home, lights are off he's taking off his coat/I say "I've heard that you've been out and about with some other girl, some other girl"/He says "What you've heard is true but I/Can't stop thinking about you and I"/I said "I've been there, too, a few times.”)
The chorus is sung again.
In the bridge, she doesn’t want the night to end. (“Take me home/Just take me home/Just take me home.”)
A shortened chorus ends the single. (“You got that James Dean daydream look in your eye/And I got that red lip, classic thing that you like/And when we go crashing down, we come back everytime/Cause we never go out of style, we never go out of style.”)
Swift keeps her guard up. It’s both difficult and a relief to see him. It’s what she’s been wanting. Yet, she’s scared. She shifts between nervous and excited. It’s an emotional whirlwind to be with him but it’s better than nothing at all.
Not every relationship is black and white, which the song conveys really well. She and her ex blur the lines. However, their connection is important to them and it’s what keeps them together. With the conversation and the topic, she reminds me of Stevie Nicks (specifically the lovely “Whole Lotta Trouble.”)
The eloquent “Style” highlights a special romantic friendship that defies category.