Select dropdown menu problem

I have the following code, but with the input-label div, a padding is added to my dropdown menu which I do not want. However if I remove that div, I only see the arrow of the select menu, but not the currently selected option. Is there a workaround?

  <label class="item item-input item-select">
    <div class="input-label">
      &nbsp;
    </div>
    <select>
      <option>1990</option>
      <option selected>31</option>
      <option>1992</option>
    </select>
  </label>