Sometimes it’s best to give your blog a classic, timeless style that captures the essence of your topic. There are literally hundreds of themes constantly competing for your attention, all of them claiming to be the absolute best option. The best thing about a vintage theme is that it’s often versatile, whose visual style opens up options rather than limiting them.
Whether you blog about home cooking or motorcycle repair, here are 20 of the best vintage WordPress themes to give your blog that well-aged, vintage feel. Many of the themes featured here are not only beautiful, they’re also powerful, and many come with a bevy of features for customization. Take a look back and give your blog an eye-catching look that’ll never go out of style.
Monaco is a clean, well-designed theme meant to give your blog that natural, rugged feel, Monaco uses a modern typeface and a number of ready-to-use designs to complement just about any subject, but there’s a focus in this theme that accentuates cooler tones. If your blog has a lot of grays and blues in its color scheme, this theme’s typefaces would be a great pairing.
Golden is an elegant, classy theme that evokes the feeling of the big city, Golden is exactly what you’re looking for if you want a chic theme that has some of the charm of a busy New York street or San Francisco boulevard. Wonderful for any sort of business or go-getting startup, Golden has all the energy of a writer in the heart of a great city. A highly responsive design makes it a great choice for any site that’ll see a mixed amount of traffic on mobile and desktop browsers, while a clean makes sure every element is clearly visible. The focus here is on a mix of text and complementary background images, and may be best suited to be paired with content and text-heavy sites.
A beautiful wood layout can give your blog a sense of homeliness and can-do, down-to-earth flavor. A great complement for your budding home design blog, there’s a lot to love in this theme and its feeling of warm cleanliness. There’s plenty of space for potential ads, nice rounded buttons for your menu bar, and it comes complete with the standard responsive features that you’d expect of any modern WordPress theme.
True to its name, Retro is among the best of vintage WordPress themes for any blog that wants to show a little whimsy in its age. A dark wood theme background blends well with strong, vibrant colors and a beautiful retro-styled typeface. A huge range of colors, a powerful slider tool and a powerful suite of built in CSS functionality means that this is a perfect theme for either jumping right into your site, or tinkering to your heart’s desire.
Putting the ‘Press’ in WordPress, Pressview is one of the great vintage WordPress themes that wears its influence on its sleeves, the feeling of older, high-end publications like the Wall Street Journal and The Economist. Clean and beautifully organized, this theme would be perfect for any blog tackling a more serious topic, be it high-end audio equipment reviews or thoughts on commodities trading. There is a large amount of white space, which further heightens the stark contrast of lengthy text pieces.
Gold, black, and white are perennial color staples, and Lifegate combines these color elements beautifully. The minimalism of the layout allows more focus to be placed on the text with an elegant image layout, perfect for any high-end clothing or fashion blog. With 18 homepage layout designs, and designed for retina displays, this theme is a great choice for showing off art and design. There are enough resources included in the initial packet to make adjustments to fit your content without breaking the core essence of the theme.
If you want your blog to feel smooth and relaxed, Revoke is a great choice from the folks at Tesla. While favoring a large amount of white space, this blog offers plenty of stylish options that hark back to the 70s music scene and the beauty of a chrome stereo. The key here is minimalism in action, with only a few elements there to draw your eye to the content.
There’s something both attractive and quirky about hipsters, but its hard to deny that they are rather stylish. This blog captures the best elements of the hipster too-cool aesthetic. A highly responsive theme that can be used for anything from news and entertainment blogging to formal reviews, you don’t have to be a hipster to love this retro theme. Like many themes, it also features a fleshed out, responsive layout, and has the usual suite of sliders and options for integrated commerce.
Ferado is a throwback to fashion magazines of yore, with a focus on making your images pop. Using a simple typeface, this theme also benefits from having a two-tone color scheme. While it might be best to customize your site colors according to the images you’re going to display, this theme is still a great choice for any blog with an emphasis on style. Boldness is the order of the day when you use Ferado, your content is fighting against the theme to make itself stand out. High contrasts and shorter, gripping messages are the best fit for Ferado.
Epilog is one of the best vintage WordPress themes around, and carries with it that indescribable charm that comes from being a clean, simple layout. There’s not too many crazy visual effects or neat little CSS tricks, but it has a sense of self-respect and class that’s hard to deny. A versatile layout and great hover options make it a wonderful choice for beautiful text-focused blogs.
A lovely little, highly versatile WordPress theme, Bookshelf skims the surface of vintage, but it, like some of the better themes, is both effective and easily capable of accommodating a number of topics. The theme may be called Bookshelf, but there’s nothing that tells you this theme works best for books, it would do wonderfully as a personal thoughts blog or online journal.
Vintage doesn’t necessarily mean relaxed or casual. When you need an air of professionalism, why not go straight to the source? While the demo showcases a law firm, could be a theme fitting for any business site or for the professional corporate freelancer. A number of customizable options means that you have a fair number of ways to adjust the site to your needs. While a purely informative site, it’s not exactly the kind of theme that lends itself to potential adspace or for being a digital storefront. This theme is designed to be informative and authoritative.
Capture that old-school restaurant aesthetic with this clean theme from Tesla. While updated with all the modern bells and whistles, Downtown still carries a few visual throwbacks to the bistros it takes inspiration from. A great theme that exudes warmth. You can customize the tile layouts to your specific business, and while you could use this theme for something a little less personal, it does wonderfully as a storefront or portfolio space.
The Bauhaus school of art is perhaps the very definition of vintage goodness. Elements of cubism, bright, primary colors, simple shapes and forms, and impeccable attention to detail makes this theme a statement in and of itself. This theme is versatile enough to serve any number of purposes, but be warned, your content better be stylish if you want to compete with the visual flair of your layout. Customizability is a huge part of this theme, allowing you to frame your portfolio items in such a way as to emphasize your best work. Minimal doesn’t mean lightweight or lacking in style, and this them is a great option for people looking to stand out from the pack.
Another theme with definite Class of ’80 overtones, this is the perfect theme for any topic about classes, surviving high school, anything that involves a textbook or a backpack. While slightly limited in terms of customization options, it’s such a great fit for the intended subject that it’s easy to look past that. Responsive options and options for lots of custom CSS mean that that you can break the mold if you choose. The one downside to this theme is that it is a single page, and so you might experience some problems with certain types of CSS if you do decide to go a little deeper.
Evoking the image of old whimsical cartoons, this is a great theme for anyone who wants to give their readers a playful, happy experience. A cutesy animated header is the breakout feature of this theme, infusing the entire package with a sense of energy and life that’s sadly lacking from many other themes. As such, you are a little disincentivised from fiddling around too much with the CSS and other front-facing elements. Elements load reasonably well despite the increased animation, hence there’s little to worry about for overseas readers.
Missions is a versatile, flexible WordPress theme that’s both understated and eye-catching. When using this theme, it’s hard not to be reminded of the old J.Peterman catalogs of the late 90s, whose style was similarly understated yet entirely modern. Pardon the pun, but your writing has its own mission, so why not use a theme that’ll help you fulfill that mission? It’s a simple theme, versatile, and follows the single-page format that’s become so popular as of late.
This clever little theme by Lesya reminds one aesthetically of preppy clothes on the rack at Brooks Brothers. With a hint of skeuomorphic design in the form of fabric and leather button textures, this theme is a great choice for showcasing a product or service. Again, a big part of this theme is tied up in its specific elements, so you might want to contact the designer before picking it up to make sure that you know exactly how many elements are CSS and which ones are graphics that’d you’d have to remake yourself if you wanted to change.
A strong template that has a definite school edge to it, this is the kind of theme that screams team spirit and legacy. Sharp lines and a standard responsive design means that you’ll have no trouble getting your site up and running. It’s a great little site layout for a portfolio, and in many it should be seen as a blank canvas. While few of the sites featured so far will be used as they come out of the box, Ostrich seems to have been designed from the ground up to be molded to your personal style. It’s responsive, clean, and the layout is simple enough that it could fit either a business site or personal portfolio.
Class up your blog with this most manly of WordPress themes. Favoring a combination of bold and elegant typefaces, this theme is perfect for the blogger of discerning taste. If the pre-loaded elements aren’t really what you’re looking for, a robust set of customizable options means that you’ll be able to find your perfect balance of interesting and cool.