How can I get a Select elements Options to “right-width” but leave the width of the Select itself unchanged?

Tags: css,html-select

Problem :

This CSS can be used to alter the width of a Select when it is in use:

select:focus {width:300px;}

...but I want just the Options (the drop down bit) to increase in width, not the Select element itself (as it appears prior to dropping down the options).

IOW, considering a Select Option of "Fiver was a Rabbit, but unlike Peter and Roger" as an option in the Select, rather than being displayed like this when dropped down:

| Select  Element when "at rest" |
Fiver was a Rabbit, but unlike Pe

(Option truncated)

...or this:

| Select  Element when "at rest"              |
Fiver was a Rabbit, but unlike Peter and Roger|

(Select Element taking up too much real estate and elbowing elements to its right out of the way)

...I want it to be like this:

| Select  Element when "at rest" |
Fiver was a Rabbit, but unlike Peter and Roger|

(Select remains the same width, but the Options "right-width" to be just wide enough to show all the text, but no wider).

Is this possible? If so, how?

Solution :

What about a custom styled wrapper?


<div class="select-wrapper">
        <option value="" disabled selected>Select your option</option>
        <option>First option</option>
        <option>Second really really really long option</option>


.select-wrapper {
    position: relative;
    width: 200px;
    overflow: hidden;
    border: 1px solid #ccc;

    &::after {
        content: "\2193";
        position: absolute;
        right: 5px;
        top: 0;

    select {
        background: transparent;
        border: 0;
        padding: 3px;

See this jsfiddle for an example. It's not pretty, but you can get the idea.

Update: Based on B. Clay Shannon's comment, see this updated jsfiddle, without the surrounding div.

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