25 Retro WordPress Theme Designs – Want a Vintage Look?

by Rizzi Biaca on March 3, 2013

If you had mentioned a retro WordPress theme in certain groups a few years ago, they would instantly have been talking about blogging. Blogging is an universal trend, and with WordPress anyone can start blogging for the sake of expressing their personal views. However, today WordPress is a lot more than a blogging tool. A lot of professional websites and businesses use WordPress as their website content management system and for the right reasons.

WordPress has become the leading platform for publishing content online with its ease of use and flexibility, and it is constantly being improved. The amount of themes and feature rich plugins for WordPress has been also been evolving at an incredible speed. You can get highly specialized themes for almost any category or niche which will help you implement the design and usability you need without having to code a single line.

Retro and vintage designs are trending, and it has been for quite some time. We get exposed daily to old style typography and movies, old fashioned posters and old style product packaging. Retro WordPress theme designs and vintage WordPress themes are also popular in a variety of niches and businesses. The retro look and feel are actually used a lot in web design as in other design directions. Here are a few of the best designed and styled retro WordPress themes.

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RetroPress – MORE INFO

retropress retro wordpress theme

The RetroPress is a great retro WordPress theme with a wide range of features that includes a dynamic content loader, a responsive web design, Google Maps shortcode, social share bar, and translation options. With this range of functionality, you can create a website with that awesome retro feel.

Sky Theme – MORE INFO

Sky theme

Style is what Sky is all about. A premium retro WordPress theme for portfolio websites that both you and your site visitors will truly enjoy. The Sky homepage is quite unique, using ajax to load your content flawlessly.

Hipster – MORE INFO

hipster retro wordpress theme

Hipster offers the revolution slider, Instagram and Twitter feed, an extensive theme option panel, full screen background image plus blog with multiple formats. Hipster is perfect for bloggers who need all the premium plug-ins for the ultimate personal touch.

Hannah – MORE INFO

hanna retro wordpress theme

This one page retro WordPress theme is fit for Instagram-addicted bloggers. The template built on HTML5 is fully responsive that makes use of impressive typography and lovely image effects.

Retro-fitted – MORE INFO

retro-fitted retro wordpress theme

A parent based fun-theme that supports navigation menus on WordPress. The theme also includes areas for widgets and per-post layout.


inki retro wordpress theme

This elegant theme is laid out like an old book making use of beautiful typography. It also allows the user to style the first line on the blog in small or bold caps plus make use of classic typographic effects.

Retro Portfolio – MORE INFO

retro portfolio retro wordpress theme

This Retro WordPress theme makes use of HTML 5 template that allows users to customize animation and graphic elements. The lay out consists of a header, portfolio, content and contact section.

Nostalgia – MORE INFO


Vintage WordPress themes are usually simple and clean. Nostalgia embodies such principle with its minimalist layout. The background image is set in line with retro tones.


retyx retro wordpress theme

This portfolio and blog wordpress theme has both the vintage and retro design suited for bloggers who wish to showcase services, news or products in a exclusive manner.

Golden – MORE INFO

golden retro wordpress theme

Elegant and visually stunning, this vintage theme is multi-functional which offers minimal styling, CSS3 effects and stylish typography. The Golden template is responsive making it look great on the tablet and Smartphone.

Angelo – MORE INFO

angelo retro wordpress theme

Despite the vintage feel, the Angelo has modern features like unlimited color styling and filterable portfolio. It has 60 plus options within the panel and Google fonts may be implemented to create headings.

Indie-Fest – MORE INFO

indie-fest retro wordpress theme

Indie-fest was designed ideally for folk artists, pop stars and indie rockers. This theme is just one out of many retro WordPress themes that emits the laid back and summery feel. It takes customization to a whole new level with the choice of 8 backgrounds, 15 accent colors and 17 main colors.

Postcard – MORE INFO

postcard retro wordpress theme

Postcards have been used back in the 80s for travels. The postcard theme incorporates the same idea with the Google Map integration which allows bloggers to geo-tag posts. This is best for travel bloggers who want the no-nonsense feel to their blog.

John Thomas – MORE INFO

john thomas retro wordpress theme

This vintage styled WordPress theme is fit for creative individuals. The theme makes it easy to set up a stunning portfolio and advertise services plus samples of work.


CH3 retro wordpress theme

CH3 combines modern with vintage which makes it ideal for professional WordPress bloggers. The theme is full-featured including source files and is widgetized.


nine retro wordpress theme

Utilizing the “Art-Deco” style, Nine WordPress falls under vintage styled themes that make use of widgets and customizable source files.

Gigawatt – MORE INFO

gigawatt retro wordpress theme

This vintage looking WordPress blog makes use of videos. Unlimited videos can be displayed in a catalogued format. The template offers a layout of three columns and is packed with three color schemes.

Paragrams – MORE INFO

paragrams retro wordpress theme

Laid out like an old magazine on interior design and science, Paragrams fit the journalistic type of blogger. It has advanced custom features that are quite easy to use.

Going Green – MORE INFO

going green retro wordpress theme

This stable and clean platform utilizes Genesis framework for WordPress that also allows unlimited support and updates. Going green also has three layout options and fully customizable background.

Sophis – MORE INFO

sophis retro wordpress theme

Sophisticated and unique, Sophis has a lot of jQuery effects plus five color schemes. It also has easy to manage features easily accessible on the options panel.


retro wordpress theme

Another retro WordPress theme that comes with bold vintage looks and distinctive color schemes. It makes use of the Serif font along with a large main image that has a tall caption. Retro comes with WarriorPanel which is easy to use.


bold retro wordpress theme

Combining loose sketchy quality with bold typography, Bold offers the traditional layout. It comes with timthumb that allows the user to resize images on thumbnails. The theme also makes use of five color schemes.

Retro Book – MORE INFO

retro book wordpress theme

This retro WordPress theme utilizes the ancient-styled book. This theme is suitable for bloggers who wish to add charm of the past to their blog. Header image and custom menu are fully customizable.

Fancy Vintage – MORE INFO

fancy vintage retro wordpress theme

With the all-out frills and girly feel, Fancy Vintage is appropriate for fashion bloggers and photography portfolios. Content area is wide enough to show photos alongside text. Title and background fonts are also prominent on this theme.

Old School – MORE INFO

old school retro wordpress theme

Beautiful and grungy, Old School has the magazine-style retro WordPress theme. It is fully customizable making it easy to blog everything from scratch.

Rizzi Biaca

Rizzi is a Marine Biology graduate, but has spent the recent years writing online content. She commits the same dedication to studying sea cucumbers and mangroves to researching and writing articles, press releases and product reviews.

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Liam March 4, 2013 at 4:14 pm

a great post..
Some of these were known to me but some were new and were really good..
thanks for this great post..


Anders March 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Hi Liam
Thanks for feedback – I’m happy you like the post.
Kind regards


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