"Style" is a song Taylor has described as being about a couple who are never entirely finished with one another, using the metaphor "we never go out of style" to symbolise the
cycle they are stuck in.
The song was written by Taylor, Max Martin, Shellback and Ali Payami. She confirmed the song was about Harry Styles in her 2014 interview with Rolling Stone.
She explained the meaning and inspiration of the song to Ryan Seacrest during an interview on iHeartRadio in October 2014:
"I loved comparing these timeless visuals with a feeling that never goes out of style...It's basically one of those relationships that's always a bit off...The two people are trying to forget
each other. So, it's like, 'All right, I heard you went off with her, and well, I've done that, too'...My previous albums have also been sort of like, 'I was right, you were wrong, you did this,
it made me feel like this' -- a righteous sense of right and wrong in a relationship. What happens when you grow up is you realize the rules in a relationship are very blurred and that it gets
very complicated very quickly, and there's not a case of who was right or who was wrong." -- Taylor Swift
"Style" heavily incorporates the use of drums and synthesizers, as well as guitar, and features the use of ostinato, the same musical phrase over and over. The chorus has a fuller, more typical
pop sound. Taylor has said that after she finished "Style", she knew she was done making "1989".
"There was a huge missing piece and 'Style' filled that for sure." -- Taylor Swift
In late December, 2014, Big Machine Records head Scott Borchetta answered a fan's question on an impromptu Q&A on Twitter. The fan asked, "What's Taylor's next single?," and
Borchetta responded promptly that he was leaning towards "Style" -- it was an "obvious single choice", according to Billboard. The song was released to radio on February 9,
2015, as the album's third single, following "Blank Space".
The accompanying music video premiered on February 13, 2015. It is heavily influenced by the "True Detective" opening credits and was directed by Kyle Newman, who is a big fan of the show.
The song reached number 6 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the third consecutive top-10 single from "1989" in the country, and entered the top-10 on charts of numerous
regions, including Australia, Canada, and South Africa. It also made the top 40 in countries like the United Kingdom, Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Ireland, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.