You can edit your theme’s css style sheet or create one of your own only if you purchase an upgrade and undertake css customization yourself. If you don’t purchase the upgrade, you can alter the appearance of your theme only through the use of customized headers and sidebar widgets.
The upgrade is not recommended to bloggers who do not have css customization experience. Although there is a forum and other bloggers may volunteer to help you if needs be, there is no staff support provided for learning css customization.
The 15$ you pay to upgrade a wordpress.com blog enables you to to alter the appearance of your theme and but not the underlying php code. Purchasing the upgrade entitles you to customize css on one blog for one year.
If you do not wish to use one of the themes made available at wordpress.com through your admin section -> Dashboard -> Presentation -> then cSS customization can be used to improve on any existing theme; you can define your own classes for use in posts; you can select the Sandbox theme and build on one of the Minimalist layouts or, opt for no stylesheet and do it all yourself.
If you feel you are up to the challenge of customizing a theme then these link, link, link will be helpful. There are also css resources that you can access listed in the FAQs blog.
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