Ryan Mack

September 22, 2015

All but the Last

.link {
    margin-right: 1rem;

.link:last-child {
    margin-right: 0;

Does this look familiar?

We use this a lot for list layouts where we want to have gutters, but not on the last element, otherwise it will get knocked down and wrap below.

Better Method

.link:not(:last-child) {
    margin-right: 1rem;

Here we only have to set the margin once and with only one rule. This says, put margin-right: 1rem on all .links except the last. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. You can do the same thing with removing borders on first/last elements. I’m sure there are plenty of other great use cases you can find.

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