matt matt - 1 month ago 5
CSS Question

Styling the first option of a <select> input on iOS

I'm trying to style a

input on iOS. The first option or initial state should have smaller font-size but not the rest of the options.

I have the following html structure:

<select class="dropdown">
<option selected="" value="Navigation">Navigation</option>
<option value="some-link">Whatever</option>
<option value="some-link">Another option</option>
<option value="some-link">Why</option>
<option value="some-link">What</option>

My CSS for it looks like this:

select {
-webkit-appearance: none;
font-family: 'Custom-Font', sans-serif;
line-height:1.8em; // optical center
background-color: #ccc;
color: #333;
border: none;
padding: 6px 10px 4px 10px;

.dropdown {
background-image: url(img/assets.svg);
background-position: right 2px;
background-repeat: no-repeat;
width: 100%;

option:not(:first-of-type) {

menu looks exactly like I want it to look. It says "Navigation" inside a light-gray box with a rather small font-size.

However when clicking/tapping the
on my iphone the native UI view of iOS shows all options also in a very small font-size.

How can I just make the
option (or the box itself) use the custom formatting but not the options. I want my options to have a "normal" readable font-size.

Any ideas on that? I tried with
and increase the font-size but no effect!


Unfortunately, there isn't a way to do it. iOS Safari takes full control of styling select lists' internal contents. Here's a reference for verification: little link.

One way to achieve this this would be to simulate the dropdown/select menu using JavaScript.

It's not very preferable, but if you absolutely require to change the default styling, then I'm afraid it's the only way to go; here's a demo that should give you an idea on how to do the simulation: another little link.