The font-style CSS descriptor allows authors to specify font styles for the fonts specified in the @font-face rule.

For a particular font family, authors can download various font faces which correspond to the different styles of the same font family, and then use the font-style descriptor to explicitly specify the font face's style. The values for the CSS descriptor is same as that of its corresponding font property.


font-style: normal;
font-style: italic;
font-style: oblique;
font-style: oblique 30deg;
font-style: oblique 30deg 50deg;


Selects the normal version of the font-family.
Specifies that font-face is an italicized version of the normal font.
Specifies that the font-face is an artificially sloped version of the normal font.
oblique with angle
Selects a font classified as oblique, and additionally specifies an angle for the slant of the text.
oblique with angle range
Selects a font classified as oblique, and additionally specifies a range of allowable angle for the slant of the text. Note that a range is only supported when the font-style is oblique; for font-style: normal or italic, no second value is allowed.

Formal definition

Related at-rule @font-face
Initial value normal
Computed value as specified

Formal syntax

normal | italic | oblique <angle>{0,2}


Specifying an italic font style

As an example, consider the garamond font family, in its normal form, we get the following result:

@font-face {
  font-family: garamond;
  src: url('garamond.ttf');

unstyled Garamond

The italicized version of this text uses the same glyphs present in the unstyled version, but they are artificially sloped by a few degrees.

artificially sloped garamond

On the other hand, if a true italicized version of the font family exists, we can include it in the src descriptor and specify the font style as italic, so that it is clear that the font is italicized. True italics use different glyphs and are a bit different from their upright counterparts, having some unique features and generally have a rounded and calligraphic quality. These fonts are specially created by font designers and are not artificially sloped.

@font-face {
  font-family: garamond;
  src: url('garamond-italic.ttf');
  font-style: italic;

italic garamond


Specification Status Comment
CSS Fonts Module Level 4
The definition of 'font-style' in that specification.
Working Draft Adds oblique keyword with angle value
CSS Fonts Module Level 3
The definition of 'font-style' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibilityUpdate compatibility data on GitHub

Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
font-style 4 12 3.5 4 10 3.1
Android webview Chrome for Android Firefox for Android Opera for Android Safari on iOS Samsung Internet
font-style ≤37 18 4 10.1 2 1.0

See also

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