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Folder structure

Breeze styles located in <theme_dir>/web/css/ folder and organized using the 7-1 pattern.

Path Description
abstracts/ Less variables and mixins placed here. Everything that doesn’t produce css output.
base/ Reset styles, CSS properties, typography, forms, CSS helper classes.
components/ Reusable components styles (Tabs, Modal, Spinner, etc).
layout/ Unique blocks styles (Header, Layered Navigation, Listing, Search, etc).
pages/ Page-specific styles (Cart, Customer, etc). These are potential candidates for dedicated CSS bundle.
vendor/ A place for the third-party modules styles. We’ve put Luma mixins here to provide easier integration with styles written for Luma theme.
_extend.less Empty file for developer needs. Base entry point for child theme.
_custom.less Empty file for end-client needs. Place it in your custom theme and add any kind of customizations. Added after _extend.less.
default.less Default CSS bundle that is used across all pages.
checkout.less CSS bundle that is used at checkout page only.


We use CSS bundles to group styles based on their usage per page. Each bundle has critical and deferred part. Currently, there are two bundles used only:

  • default.less — commonly used styles goes here. This bundle added on all pages.
  • checkout.less — styles for checkout page. Added on checkout page only.

Each bundle provides additional file for deferred styles that doesn’t affect layout shifts.

  • deferred-default.less
  • deferred-checkout.less

Styles are splitted into critical and deferred parts based on LESS guard added around the styles. See the next section for more information.

Critical and deferred styles

When writing styles for Breeze theme, you must put your styles inside @critical CSS guard. By doing that you tell Breeze where to put your styles. When your styles can cause layout shift you should use & when (@critical) guard. Otherwise — use & when not (@critical) guard.

Warning! Do not forget to enclose your styles into CSS guard, otherwise your styles will be duplicated in both output files.

Let’s see an example to undestand better. Here is how layout/_breadcrumbs.less is coded:

& when (@critical) {
    .breadcrumbs {
        min-height: @9;
        ul {

& when not (@critical) {
    .breadcrumbs a:hover {
        text-decoration: underline;

The code above will be compiled by Magento into two separate files. Critical styles will be added to default.css, and non-critical will be added to deferred-default.css file.

Don’t forget to enable Use CSS critical path config option to get maximum benefit of the critical CSS:

bin/magento config:set dev/css/use_css_critical_path 1

Less variables

LESS variables used for most customization needs. These variables compiled into resulting CSS file during static content deployment and doesn’t increase theme styles footprint. Developers should stick to LESS variables usage.

You can find all variables definitions inside web/css/abstracts/variables folder. If you are not familiar with LESS variables, please refer to official LESS docs.

Here is an example of some LESS variables and their usage taken from Breeze sources:

@font-sans:  ui-sans-serif, system-ui, -apple-system, BlinkMacSystemFont, "Segoe UI", Roboto, "Helvetica Neue", Arial, "Noto Sans", sans-serif, "Apple Color Emoji", "Segoe UI Emoji", "Segoe UI Symbol", "Noto Color Emoji";
@font-serif: ui-serif, Georgia, Cambria, "Times New Roman", Times, serif;
@font-mono:  ui-monospace, SFMono-Regular, Menlo, Monaco, Consolas, "Liberation Mono", "Courier New", monospace;

@rgb-blue: red(@blue-700), green(@blue-700), blue(@blue-700);

@link__text-decoration: none;
@link__hover__text-decoration: underline;
@link__color: ~"rgba(var(--link-color), var(--link-alpha))";

@ring__width: 2px;
@ring__offset: 1px;
@ring__color: ~"rgba(var(--ring-color), var(--ring-alpha, 1))";

@rgb-base: var(--gray-900);
@rgb-ring: var(--brand-color);
@rgb-link: var(--blue);

@dark-blue: lighten(@blue-700, 25%);
@dark-rgb-base: var(--gray-400);
@dark-rgb-blue: red(@dark-blue), green(@dark-blue), blue(@dark-blue);

a {
   color: @link__color;
   text-decoration: @link__text-decoration;
   &:hover {
       text-decoration: @link__hover__text-decoration;

Did you notice var(--property) usages? Those are CSS properties.

CSS properties

CSS properties used for styles where dynamic calculation in browser is required — dark theme based on visitor’s prefer-color-scheme setting, listing columns count based on visitor’s screen size, etc.

Changing CSS properties doesn’t require static content deployment which makes them great to use for minor color customizations by end-client.

Here is an example of CSS properties and their usage:

:root {
   --blue: @rgb-blue;
   --base-color: @rgb-base;
   --link-alpha: .85;
   --link-color: @rgb-link;
   --ring-color: @rgb-ring;

   @media (prefers-color-scheme: dark) {
      --blue: @dark-rgb-blue;
      --base-color: @dark-rgb-base;

a:hover {
   --link-alpha: 1;


Mixin — is a LESS feature that allow to “mix-in” existing blocks of CSS properties into specified selector. Breeze uses mixins with LESS’s &:extend() pseudo-class to greatly reduce size of compiled styles.

Breeze mixins are located in web/css/abstracts/mixins folder. They are declared just like regular CSS sections, the only difference is that they are not rendered in resulting CSS file. So, if nobody is using a mixin, you won’t see its styles in the compiled CSS file.

Here is mixins declarations examples:

.transition {
    transition: background-color var(--transition-duration),
                border-color var(--transition-duration),
                box-shadow var(--transition-duration),
                color var(--transition-duration),
                opacity var(--transition-duration),
                transform var(--transition-duration),
                visibility var(--transition-duration) 0s;
    transition-timing-function: cubic-bezier(0.4, 0, 0.2, 1);

.scrollbar {
    &::-webkit-scrollbar {
        width: @scrollbar__width;
        height: @scrollbar__width;
    &::-webkit-scrollbar-track {
        background-color: ~"rgb(var(--scrollbar-bg))";
        border-radius: @scrollbar__border-radius;
    &::-webkit-scrollbar-thumb {
        background-color: ~"rgb(var(--scrollbar-color))";
        border-radius: @scrollbar__border-radius;

And here is a usage example from web/css/layout/_file.less:

.container-we-want-to-animate {
.container-we-want-to-use-fancy-scrollbars-with {
   &:extend(.scrollbar all);