These jQuery plugins can skin SELECT lists and they have the advantage of keeping the SELECT element working as usual, which is useful when other scripts work on the element. Plus it doesn’t require extra markup and very little CSS.
Creating custom dropdowns is usually a tedious process that requires a ton of extra setup time. Oftentimes lacking conveniences that native dropdowns have such as keyboard navigation.
Redesigning the Country Selector
Using principles of progressive enhancement we turn a standard drop-down into an advanced auto-complete field. This means the drop-down remains accessible, while providing a much better experience in modern browsers – handling typos, multiple spelling sequences, synonyms and prioritization.
Tokeninput is a jQuery plugin which allows your users to select multiple items from a predefined list, using autocompletion as they type to find each item. You may have seen a similar type of text entry when filling in the recipients field sending messages on facebook.
Sexy Combo is a jQuery plugin that replaces drop downs with a more usable and style-able version then the browser default.
Traditional select elements are very difficult to style by themselves, but they are also very usable and feature rich. This plugin attempts to recreate all selectbox functionality and appearance while adding animation and stylability.
jQuery Selectbox plugin
Custom select box replacement inspired by jQuery UI source.
This jQuery plugin replaces default checkboxes, selects and radioboxes with more flexible and robust counterparts.