Tumblr is clearly one of the best blogging platforms, and if you’re looking for a proof, then checking Tumblr’s 2015 year in review will help you with that.

It has teenagers, business persons, celebrities, and users from almost every category on our planet.

If you wish to replicate the same idea of sharing thoughts, then your idea of starting a Tumblr WordPress inspired blog is damn straight and perfect.

All you need is a WordPress driven website, and a perfect looking and functioning theme. I’m sharing a compilation of best Tumblr-style WordPress themes here. So, you can to the right place.

Let’s begin!



The first recommendation is the best selling product at ThemeForest and it’s a portfolio theme which follows minimalistic approach. The theme comes with a grid-based layout with tons of options like shuffling along with cool animations. It comes with Valid HTML code with dark and light color schemes. The theme supports multiple post formats like Audio, Vide, Quotes, Links, Standard, Images, Galleries, and Asides.

Theme highlights:

  • It includes simple theme options which are available in the Dashboard area to help you bring quick visual and functional changes.
  • It comes with two added custom widgets, Twitter, and Flickr.
  • The blog layout is Tumblr inspired and it also allows putting a portfolio at the homepage.

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This second recombination is clearly one of the best-looking options I found. It again uses minimal design with clean and clutter-free user interface, ensuring top-notch user experience. The theme is good to start a microblogging platform of your own and supports multiple post types. It includes a Theme Options Panel at the back-end and is ready with brand new Menus and featured images concept of WordPress 3.0+.

Theme highlights:

  • The theme comes with a Shortcode generator, built right within to work for columns, buttons, toggles, tabs, and alerts.
  • It comes with full localization support, connoting .po or .mo files.
  • It allows picking accent color of your own, via Colour Picker and also hosts a bunch of cool customization options.

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Skilt is a product from an Elite Author at ThemeForest and it will get you at its user interface, which looks dead simple, Tumblr inspired, and totally elegant. The ambiance around is damn attractive. The theme is designed for bloggers who like to travel a lot and share words and pictures. As of any other modern WordPress themes, it comes with built-in customization options too.

Theme highlights:

  • The theme comes with multiple homepage layouts which are easy to pick and install.
  • The theme allow putting image backgrounds at post and pages.
  • It comes with CSS3 filters for post and page backgrounds, further improving their look.
  • It supports multiple post formats including Standard Tumblr and Aside.

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Dulce is my next recommendation which, needless to say, comes with Tumblr inspired layout, with options to pick from two available unique layouts and comes with support for seven different post types. The theme includes four color variations to pick and includes three options for gallery posts to help you manage how the images look and interact with the visitors. The theme is compatible with WordPress 4.0+ and has been available since long.

Theme highlights:

  • It comes with support for oEmbed, allowing you to embed a video content from other sources.
  • The theme comes with built-in lightbox effect, ensuring best looking and interacting images.
  • It comes with Theme Options panel at the back-end, allowing quick customizations without writing any code.
  • It comes with Nest comments, which, of course, increases the way discussion area looks and functions.

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This particular theme is extremely light weight and doesn’t bother to look heavy, at all. Its whole idea is to put the content at domination and leave rest of the things in the hand of the visitors. The theme comes with two color schemes, light and dark, which are easy to pick and switch, and it’s totally responsive and ready to work with Retina display devices. It comes with auto sizing footer widgets which further ensures proper mobile friendly layout. The design part is unique and you shouldn’t miss checking out its Demo.

Theme highlights:

  • The theme comes with built-in slider galleries which are easy to use and interact with.
  • It comes with support for localization, and translation to any foreign language.
  • The theme comes with validated XHTML code and includes proper documentation with instructions to install and setup.
  • It comes with built-in social media icons and featured user widget.

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As you can judge from the name itself, OldCar theme holds a retro inspired which is Tumblr style, of course, and it comes with modern features like responsive layout, Retina display support, and is built using HTML5 and CSS3, ensuring modern performance and lightweight elements. The theme can be used for multiple niches while the demo points towards automobile blog.

Theme highlights:

  • The theme comes with two layouts which can be switched easily and used anytime.
  • It comes with unlimited color schemes and variations, which are ready to change the way everything looks.
  • The theme includes Google web fonts and is also ready with translation.

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These were the best Tumblr style WordPress themes from my side. If you know any other I missed, then kindly mention it in the discussion section. I’ll add it to the compilation after review.

Before beginning with any of these, there is a thing I wish to conclude with. Starting with Tumblr is dead simple, which is one of the prime reason behind its success. So, you should also keep it the same way. Good luck!