CSS-only custom-styled selects

By Filament Group Inc.

This experiment has now been turned into a proper GitHub repo, please file issues there and check out the latest demo page.

How this works: This styles a native select consistently cross-platform with only minimal CSS. The native select is then styled so it is essentially invisible (no appearance, border, bg) leaving only the select's text visible. There is a wrapper around the select that has the majority of the button styles (gradient, shadow, border, etc.). We then add the custom arrow via a pseudo element to the right.

Confirmed to work in the following browsers

This technique seems to be functional everywhere since we're still leaving the native select in place. Worst case, the native select styling and the custom arrow will both show up but in all popular platforms, this looks very good and consistent. One minor caveat: setting the select to 110% means the menu may open up a bit wider than expected in Firefox. Visual Test results

Custom select styled consistently

Custom select with minor visual issues

Native select