<div class="Wrapper">
  <h1 class="Title">CSS Only Floated Labels!</h1>
  <div class="Input">
    <input type="text" id="input" class="Input-text" placeholder="Your first name, e.g. Nicholas">
    <label for="input" class="Input-label">First name</label>
@import url('https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Dosis');

:root {
  /* generic */
  --gutterSm: 0.4rem;
  --gutterMd: 0.8rem;
  --gutterLg: 1.6rem;
  --gutterXl: 2.4rem;
  --gutterXx: 7.2rem;
  --colorPrimary400: #7e57c2;
  --colorPrimary600: #5e35b1;
  --colorPrimary800: #4527a0;
  --fontFamily: "Dosis", sans-serif;
  --fontSizeSm: 1.2rem;
  --fontSizeMd: 1.6rem;
  --fontSizeLg: 2.1rem;
  --fontSizeXl: 2.8rem;
  --fontSizeXx: 3.6rem;
  --lineHeightSm: 1.1;
  --lineHeightMd: 1.8;
  --transitionDuration: 300ms;
  --transitionTF: cubic-bezier(0.645, 0.045, 0.355, 1);
  /* floated labels */
  --inputPaddingV: var(--gutterMd);
  --inputPaddingH: var(--gutterLg);
  --inputFontSize: var(--fontSizeLg);
  --inputLineHeight: var(--lineHeightMd);
  --labelScaleFactor: 0.8;
  --labelDefaultPosY: 50%;
  --labelTransformedPosY: calc(
    (var(--labelDefaultPosY)) - 
    (var(--inputPaddingV) * var(--labelScaleFactor)) - 
    (var(--inputFontSize) * var(--inputLineHeight))
  --inputTransitionDuration: var(--transitionDuration);
  --inputTransitionTF: var(--transitionTF);

*::after {
  box-sizing: border-box;

html {
  font-size: 10px;

body {
  display: flex;
  align-items: center;
  justify-content: center;
  overflow: hidden;
  width: 100vw;
  height: 100vh;
  color: #455A64;
  background-color: #7E57C2;
  font-family: var(--fontFamily);
  font-size: var(--fontSizeMd);
  line-height: var(--lineHeightMd);

.Wrapper {
  flex: 0 0 80%;
  max-width: 80%;

.Title {
  margin: 0 0 var(--gutterXx) 0;
  padding: 0;
  color: #fff;
  font-size: var(--fontSizeXx);
  font-weight: 400;
  line-height: var(--lineHeightSm);
  text-align: center;
  text-shadow: -0.1rem 0.1rem 0.2rem var(--colorPrimary800);

.Input {
  position: relative;

.Input-text {
  display: block;
  margin: 0;
  padding: var(--inputPaddingV) var(--inputPaddingH);
  color: inherit;
  width: 100%;
  font-family: inherit;
  font-size: var(--inputFontSize);
  font-weight: inherit;
  line-height: var(--inputLineHeight);
  border: none;
  border-radius: 0.4rem;
  transition: box-shadow var(--transitionDuration);

.Input-text::placeholder {
  color: #B0BEC5;

.Input-text:focus {
  outline: none;
  box-shadow: 0.2rem 0.8rem 1.6rem var(--colorPrimary600);

.Input-label {
  display: block;
  position: absolute;
  bottom: 50%;
  left: 1rem;
  color: #fff;
  font-family: inherit;
  font-size: var(--inputFontSize);
  font-weight: inherit;
  line-height: var(--inputLineHeight);
  opacity: 0;
    translate3d(0, var(--labelDefaultPosY), 0)
  transform-origin: 0 0;
    opacity var(--inputTransitionDuration) var(--inputTransitionTF),
    transform var(--inputTransitionDuration) var(--inputTransitionTF),
    visibility 0ms var(--inputTransitionDuration) var(--inputTransitionTF),
    z-index 0ms var(--inputTransitionDuration) var(--inputTransitionTF);

.Input-text:placeholder-shown + .Input-label {
  visibility: hidden;
  z-index: -1;

.Input-text:not(:placeholder-shown) + .Input-label,
.Input-text:focus:not(:placeholder-shown) + .Input-label {
  visibility: visible;
  z-index: 1;
  opacity: 1;
    translate3d(0, var(--labelTransformedPosY), 0)
    transform var(--inputTransitionDuration),
    visibility 0ms,
    z-index 0ms;
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Floated labels made using only CSS and the :placeholder-shown pseudo class. Read more about it out here:


Browser support for <input type="text">:

Chrome:   47
Firefox:  51
IE:       No support
Edge:     No support
Opera:    34
Safari:   9

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