Using a Retro or Vintage style in Web Design has become more popular recently as people stray away from the ultra-clean and modern look of websites. Using some vintage elements in your site design can bring some extra character if it matches your branding style. What is the Retro / Vintage style exactly ? It typically means using a weather look, adding some textures or grunge patterns to “weather” the look, incorporating elegant older style fonts and using imagery from the 50s / 60s and pairing it with other elements like badges, ribbons and buttons.

If you would like to create a website in this style, there are a large number of WordPress themes which cater to this style – in this post we have collected together over 30 of the best examples of Retro and Vintage WordPress themes we could find. You will find themes suitable for different types of businesses and online shops as well as personal blogs and portfolio websites.

Hugo

Transform your WordPress website into a beautiful high-end E-Commerce superstore with Hugo, a flexible WooCommerce theme for WordPress. SEO optimised and featuring a whole host of other quality and fully customizable options, Hugo could help you to take your online business to the next level.

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Old Oak

A stunning multi-purpose WordPress theme suitable for all types of businesses, Old Oak has everything you need to build a more compelling online presence. Allow your online business to really shine by utilizing its range of high quality features and start to enjoy the benefits straight away.

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Monaco

Monaco is light and bright multi-purpose WordPress Theme with a slight vintage vibe. Offering 17 beautiful homepage layouts suitable for various different purposes, Monaco also includes premium WordPress Plugins such as Visual Composer P and the Revolution Slider Plugin with these great features and its full WooCommerce design integration combining to give you all the tools you need to create any kind of website.

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Cabin

With its distinct vintage-inspired edge, Cabin is a multi purpose WordPress theme which will appeal to anyone looking for a slightly more retro feel for their online presence. Tweak its many features just to your liking and create a website for your business that is undeniably and authentically yours.

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Fresh Meat

Super clean graphics, thrilling typography and a real emphasis on image content combine to make this interactive WordPress theme the answer to all of your online business promotional needs. Showcase your products or services with the help of this quality theme which can be used not only by meat purveyors but a host other businesses.

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Give

This very straightforward and simple WordPress theme will assist you in building a user friendly and easy to navigate web resource from which to solicit online donations from the public. Make it as easy as possible for others to help you to help them by choosing this ultra adaptable theme for your website.

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Wildster

Retro tinged Wildster is another quality responsive theme from WordPress perfectly suited to travelers, explorers, adventurers and photographers or indeed anyone with a love for the great outdoors. Its fully customisable selection of features will give you the freedom to create the website you want. Boasting a Visual Drag & Drop Page Builder, Custom Language Selector and OnePage / Multipage Navigation Option, Wildster has everything you need to start building your best ever website.

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Westy

Westy is a one page WooCommerce WordPress Theme in a fully adaptable wild west design. It’s charmingly rustic quality can work well with any kind of blog but may appeal in particular to those seeking a more old world feel for their online presence. Notable features of this fun but functional WordPress theme include a revolution slider, custom logo and favicon icon and unlimited home page templates.

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BeatStone

Pairing a classic  yet trendy vintage style with the most up to date fully customizable features, BeatStone is a WordPress Theme particularly suited to Portfolio or Art Blog style content.  Creative and other magazine’s could also reap the benefits of choosing BeatStone to help maximize their online presence potential.

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Retro

With its distinctly vintage style, Retro will never go out of fashion.  Artfully combining time-honored vintage design with a really powerful admin panel, this premium WordPress theme offers the user full and flexible control over color scheme, 5 predefined skins, revolution slider, custom portfolio and custom widgets. Choose it today to help your website look its classic best.

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Hipster

Style doesn’t get much more cutting edge than Hipster WordPress, the perfect responsive theme for any personal or business website. This one looks great regardless of the device its viewed on and has the added benefit of being fully customizable.  Your site will become truly bespoke with the extensive options panel containing 30 background patterns, full screen rotating background images, and 2 page layout styles (stretched or boxed). This super trendy offering also comes with a custom mobile menu that was created especially for small screens.

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Retro Portfolio

Hark back to the timeless design of days gone by with Retro Portfolio, the one page vintage WordPress Theme. Fully responsive this one comes complete with lots of great features such as retina integration for logo and banner, easy home Page customization, multiple color options  and new responsive slider. Inspired by the past, Retro could be just what you need to drive your online presence forward into the future.

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Extinct

Extinct is a WordPress Portfolio theme delicately handcrafted to meet the needs of a creative agency or similar business. Everyone will appreciate its combination of classic design qualities and super modern fully adaptable features. Inspired by the retro prints of times past, this theme’s extensive range of versatile options is sure to impress. Included are more than 20 custom page builder elements/widgets for easy insertion and configuration in the page builder. Use Extinct to highlight your business and let the classic style of the past influence your future success.

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Reborn

Urban cool meets ageless appeal with the introduction of Reborn, a premium fully responsive theme from WordPress. Encompassing both retro and modern elements in its presentation, this theme boasts a range of quality and easy to use features which will make creating your new bespoke website a breeze. Reborn’s range of versatile features include a contact form with Google map as standard, animated page scrolling and threaded Comments. Your new website really can have the best of both worlds with Reborn, the modern yet classic theme from WordPress.

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Writsy

Writsy is a fully responsive WordPress theme best matched with blog content on subjects including fashion, photography and travel. Celebrating the enduring appeal of classic design, this theme boasts a host of premium features to make your website creation more straightforward than ever. Custom meta boxes, multiple home page sliders, custom widgets and social profile links are just come of the tools Writsy can offer to help you build your very best website.

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Pure Retro

A distinctly cool and modern edge comes together with the very best in classic design with the arrival of Pure Retro,  a fully responsive WordPress theme. This single page theme is ideal for artists wishing to showcase their work to its very best advantage and is also built with photographers, video artists and web design companies in mind. SEO friendly to optimize your online exposure, Pure Retro is the obvious choice for anyone with a creative passion they want to show the world.

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Outlaw

Outlaw is a modern WooCommerce theme with a definite streamlined classic influence.  Displaying the ultimate in class and style with smooth visuals and creative lines, Outlaw will showcase your products in the most breathtaking of manners. The fully flexible range of features include an
advanced premium product filter, revolution premium slider and extensive options panel. Outlaw could be just the theme to help your business maximize its online potential.

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Tensor

A powerful site template in a clean and minimalistic style, Tensor is ideal for personal and professional use. Complete with a comprehensive range of fully adaptable user friendly options, your best website ever could be just a few clicks away. A working twitter feed, flexible images and videos, image sliders and Flickr gallery come together to make all the ingredients of a website that can really make an impact.

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The Fox

The responsive Fox WordPress Theme is perfect for creatives looking to showcase their work in its best possible light. Bringing together retro design elements and a clean simple style, this theme’s selection of customizable features is second to none. Endless color options, Google Map shortcode, multiple widgets and social media icons combine to make this a website force to really be reckoned with. The Fox theme also connects to Dribbble to display your latest shots and keep your online presence at the real cutting edge.

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Modern Vintage

Modern Vintage is the first Indieground Design WordPress theme. As the name suggests, this particular theme attempts to combine a vintage style with a modern web layout to showcase your business in the very best way. Up to date and fully adaptable features add further to the appeal of this classic beauty with a distinctly up to date accent.

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Special

The clue is in the title when it comes to Special, a premium Responsive WordPress theme created for photographers, designers, artists, personal bloggers, creative agencies and anyone who wants to present their work as clearly as possible. With a portfolio and gallery both built into the template, this particular theme is ideal in any instance where images are key.

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Northern Gentleman

Responsive, simple and focused on full screen media, Northern Gentleman is the perfect backdrop to display your work in a really elegant way. A full range of theme options, Google font manager and famous Slider Revolution plugin combine to make for an excellent and user friendly website creation experience.

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Halftone

Halftone’s clean classic design has a distinctly retro edge.  This fully responsive WordPress theme is ideal for either framing your creative portfolio or displaying your personal blog. Ease of use is just one of the many qualities of this premium theme. It offers a custom admin panel, Nivo Slider Plugin and  various other web page elements such accordions and tabs.

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Quartum

Quartum is a fully responsive retro-styled WordPress theme perfect for use by both businesses and bloggers. With 49 custom short-codes
9 widgets and over 600 Google fonts on offer, the possibilities really endless for your website. Why not let the stylish Quartum theme be your perfect online partner.

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Tiny Shop

Kitsch and functional, TinyShop is a highly customizable Premium WordPress Theme suitable for a wide range of business needs. Discover new levels of ease in content creation with this theme’s built-in drag and drop page-builder and tweak your site’s background, colors, content and headline’s fonts more simply than ever before. TinyShop could be your perfect partner to make a giant impression online.

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About The Author

Oliver Dale is the founder of Kooc Media, an online company which has been working with WordPress since 2009. He has written hundreds of posts about WordPress in that time and founded two theme companies which provide free and paid themes to millions of users.

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