Oh boy, it’s another Siteturner roundup! This time we’re showing off some of the best retro & vintage WordPress themes money can buy. If you’ve got in mind to give your blog, portfolio, or business an old-timey makeover, you can do it inexpensively with one of these themes.
Obviously, what we’re looking for here is a vintage aesthetic. The themes on this list all meet that requirement, though their core functionality may vary. Some are better suited to portfolios; some will work best for blogs.
We selected these themes by hand, basing our decisions primarily on design quality.
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Consilium takes top spot not only because of the lovely vintage design (which we think owes a bit to our next choice), but because it offers the most value for the money. It’s a multipurpose theme, and the retro skin is one of eight skins included (with more on the way).
Three popular premium plugins are bundled free with the theme: Slider Revolution, Essential Grid, and Visual Composer. Consilium is fully responsive, built on the Bootstrap framework, is translation ready, and offers WooCommerce support. Simply put, you get a lot for your money.More Info/Download
Retro & Retro Portfolio
The Retro theme and Retro Portfolio are, by a wide margin, the best-selling vintage WordPress themes out there with over 6000 combined sales. They’ve also been a clear inspiration to several other themes appearing on the list, and Retro was selected as one of the best WordPress themes by Forbes magazine.
Though they’re a bit older now, the team at olegnax keeps them updated and fresh. Plenty of great features are packed into the responsive Retro theme, like Revolution Slider, One-Click Installation, and an advanced admin panel for extensive customizations to the colors and fonts. WooCommerce is additionally supported.
Retro Portfolio preceded Retro, and is primarily intended for portfolio use. It’s also easy to customize thanks to Google fonts integration and a built-in color picker. It’s fully responsive with retina support for the logo and banner graphics, and highly rated by the ThemeForest community with over 400 reviews.More Info/Download
PN Portfolio & Agency
It’s possible PN Portfolio & Agency would have been better suited to our roundup of the best portfolio & agency themes, but because a few of our readers have no doubt landed here looking for retro-themed inspiration, PN Portfolio & Agency is a necessary inclusion.
While the designers of PN have gotten a lot of mileage simply out of color choice and retro photography, other subtle cues and well-chosen typography also contribute to the vintage, 50s/60s aesthetic.
The clever animations successfully build visual interest, without creating distraction, and the one-page style, snappy performance gives the theme a light-weight feel and improved usability.
Features are trimmed to the essentials, and the simple homepage slider and portfolio are everything the average user will need to build an effective showcase for their business and work. A cool product overall.More Info/Download
Fox works best as a showcase for creative professionals, with a built-in portfolio and integration with the website Dribbble.
It’s built on a solid base of HTML5 and CSS3, and it’s fully responsive and easy to install and customize.More Info/Download
Looker is a retro-styled theme succinctly marketed by the designer as a ‘magazine WordPress theme for creative stuff’. The minimal black & white design can be tweaked with the backend options panel, and the theme is 100% and retina-ready. It’ll look great across a range of mobile devices.
Looker is built on top of the excellent Bootstrap framework, and five preset blog layouts are provided to choose from. It supports WooCommerce and includes a built-in contact form.More Info/Download
Golden is a classy, multipurpose theme inspired by old-timey, vintage design. It’s a good fit for agencies, freelancers, and bloggers alike. The intuitive options panel will give you lots of control over colors, fonts and more. Golden supports Google Maps, and features its own working contact form and filterable portfolio. Translation ready and well documented.More Info/Download
Modern Vintage is one of our favorite retro-style WordPress themes.
The theme features a responsive, one-page style, and comes with four skins: a classic look, a demin style, a skin for record stores, and a skin for bakeries. Modern Vintage is retina-ready, ensuring sharp graphics on the latest high-resolution devices. Revolution Slider is bundled free.
Have a look at the details page for the full rundown of features.More Info/Download
We question the decision to name any tech product you’re trying to sell as ‘Extinct’, but, with over 700 sales on the ThemeForest marketplace, it’s clear that design quality and functionality won out regardless.
Extinct is responsive, retina-ready and easy to install with the provided included demo xml data. It’s easy to customize, and setting up portfolios and sliders (Nivo or Flex) is a breeze.
Extinct supports Contact Form 7 and is WPML/translation ready.More Info/Download
The Blog is an excellent vintage-style choice for writers. Clean and minimal, the theme includes a layout builder, live customization, full control over typography and support for three different comment systems. The Blog is fully responsive and retina-ready.More Info/Download
Halftone is one of the original vintage WordPress themes. It’s built on HTML5/CSS3, responsive and well-matched to personal blogs and portfolio sites. Support for Nivo Slider, Contact Form 7, and integration with Google Maps is also provided. Halftone is easy to install, use, and includes comprehensive documentation.
An admin panel is included, and PSDs are provided for more customization.More Info/Download
We expect anyone who’s been searching ‘histper themes for WordPress’ has seen this retro-style theme over and over. It’s deceptively simple looking at first glance, but has a ton of functionality packed into it.
Wow Slider and Revolution Slider are both included free. Users can setup background slide shows, choose between boxed and wide layout styles, and take advantage staff & portfolio layouts. Three color styles are included, but plenty more tweaking can be done in the options panel.
Hipster supports WooCommerce, includes a working contact form (who would include a broken one?) and excellent integration with social media sites like Instagram and Twitter. The theme is responsive and retina-ready.More Info/Download
And that wraps up our look at the best retro & vintage WordPress themes. We’ll be adding to this list in the future, so feel free to make suggestions in the comments. Catch ya later, WordPress dudes!