Fashion is arguably the ultimate form of an individual’s self-expression. What could be more expressive than wearing something that speaks to who you truly are? Just as we use fashion to express ourselves in the real world, a personal blog allows you to express who you are online. These forms of expressions collide into the supernova that is…fashion blogs! Think of the cover image as your headwear/eyewear, the body as your clothes and the footer as your shoes.
If you are an individual who loves fashion, you probably put a lot of thought into what you wear every day. This can be a combination of the type of jacket that needs to match your jeans, color as well as patterns – A blog can be thought of in the same way. This is where we come in to help!
We put together these reviews by considering factors that have been tried and tested and has had a huge impact on the quality of a blog theme. Here’s the list:
- Page load speed
- Ease of use
- Attractiveness of design
- Mobile responsiveness, and;
- Extensiveness of functionality
If you want to know why we think these factors are so important, check out our article on how to choose a WordPress theme. We carefully choose and weigh each factor to give you the best advice. So without further ado, let’s look at the top 20 WordPress fashion blog themes to help you choose the one that’s best for you!
20 Best WordPress Themes for Fashion blogs in 2017 – 2018
- CheerUp WordPress Theme
- The Voux WordPress Theme
- Tempest WordPress Theme
- Applique WordPress Theme
- Olsen WordPress Theme
- MyBlog WordPress Theme
- Sleek WordPress Theme
- Heart & Style WordPress Theme
- Extra WordPress Theme
- inFashion WordPress Theme
- Armonioso WordPress Theme
- Magazine Pro WordPress Theme
- Elegant WordPress Theme
- Divi WordPress Theme
- Infinite WordPress Theme
- Fashion Chic WordPress Theme
- Grateful WordPress Theme
- Fashion Blog WordPress Theme
- Vogue WordPress Theme
- Epilog WordPress Theme
Review: Top 3 WordPress themes for a fashion blog
Based on analyzing the page load speed, ease-of-use, attractiveness of design, mobile responsiveness, and extensiveness of functionality, we have ranked the top 20 WordPress fashion blog themes.
Here are the Top 3:
CheerUp theme at a glance:
- Wide range of layouts
- Thorough use of animations and hover states
- Flawless mobile experience
It’s easy to see why CheerUp is at the top of our list. It has a wide range of layouts that cover almost any type of page you would want in a fashion blog. This theme features great navigation, the design is tasteful, with well-chosen typefaces and use of white space, and makes great use of CSS with engaging hover states on images, and other elements.
CheerUp page load (7/10)
CheerUp ease of use (9/10)
CheerUp design (9/10)
The design of this theme is elegant, yet simplistic. It has enough interesting quirks to keep the viewer’s attention. Text in the form of titles and links are used pleasingly on top of images to compel someone to click. If some of the layout is not to your taste, don’t worry, there’s more than enough to choose from! Lastly, there is a good combination of stylistic typography for titles and sans-serif fonts for the main text. The only negative however, is that the default size is too small.
CheerUp mobile responsiveness (9/10)
It is rare to see such a perfect transition to mobile. All the images have the same hover states, triggered when you touch the image while swiping and when they are in the middle of the screen. Whitespace is not overused and the padding between elements is perfect. The only downside is that the menu elements are a bit small and is not the easiest to use.
CheerUp functionality (10/10)
First of all, the shop is integrated well into the theme with all the functionality you will expect of an online store. To top it of, CheerUp has just about any widget you can think of. It also has MailChimp integration so that you can easily reach out to your subscribers. We have already touched on the mega menu and the image galleries. This theme has one of the largest range when it comes to different layout options.
The Voux theme at a glance:
- Stylistic typography
- Exceptional mega menu
- A lot of features
The Voux also made it into the top 3 of our Best Blog WordPress themes list, and we are not surprised to see it again. It’s a theme brimming with features, layouts, elegant animations, good use of color and stylish typography. Also, it looks even better on mobile! The Voux is an all rounder that will satisfy all your demands.
The Voux page load (7/10)
Just like CheerUp, 7 is a pretty good score for this theme, considering the amount of content and media on each page. When you break it down, they did a very good job concerning browser caching, avoiding bad requests, reducing request size, etc. But with images taking up a whopping 70% of requests and over 83% of data size, there isn’t much you can do to remedy the 49 page speed score from Google PageSpeed.
The Voux ease of use (8/10)
The Voux also features a mega menu to rival CheerUp. You would think a mega menu with multiple levels and images would be hard to use, think again! Other than the expansive menu, the rest of the navigation is still pretty standard. The Voux also features an image slider with arrows and drag ability. However, the drag doesn’t work as well and sometimes the slider jumps around. It loses another point for the infinite scrolling feature in articles, which can be slightly confusing. But then again, you don’t have to use it.
The Voux design (9/10)
This theme incorporates color to the best of its ability. Helpful summary boxes with bright colors slide up over images that link to articles. Links have equally bright colors for hover states to ensure the user is aware that it is a link. Stylish fonts are also used, however, the text could be a little larger (even though the text is still larger than others on this list). A common problem with themes that are ‘feature-rich’ is that they can often feel a little cluttered, which is about the only criticism we have about The Voux.
The Voux mobile responsiveness (10/10)
This theme is perfect for mobile responsiveness. On mobile, the theme solves the only real complaint we had of the desktop design, which was that it felt a little too cluttered. White space and padding is used effectively to give the content some breathing room. Everything else still works as expected and, to no surprise, it passed the Google Mobile-Friendly test. Let’s not forget that the mobile page speed scored 13 points higher than desktop!
The Voux functionality (9/10)
The Voux is certainly geared to fashion lovers. The layout works perfectly for this niche. What we also love about the store is that you can immediately browse items straight from the mega menu, before even navigating to the store. This helps present recommended or featured products straight to the viewers. The social media widgets are also positioned nicely where a user will most likely click on it and still not interfere with the overall design.
Tempest theme at a glance:
- Functional gallery
- Visually interesting and engaging
- Sales driven
Tempest is one of the most visually appealing sites on this list. Image hover states are used to its maximum potential to provide the user with handy social media shortcuts. There are plenty of opportunities to intersperse shop items through your content pages and drive sales. Various well thought out layouts and the best gallery on this list rounds it off.
Tempest page load (6/10)
Tempest has the slowest page speed out of the top 3 list. A huge contributor is the number and size of images used on the demo site. Images make up 60% of requests and 82% of data! So, it’s important to keep this in mind when you add your own, otherwise you will end up with a low score of 50 for mobile and 34 for desktop. Besides Minimize Redirects, every other factor receives an A rating, which is great as it shows that the developers have done their job.
Tempest ease of use (9/10)
Unfortunately, Tempest doesn’t feature an amazing mega menu like the previous two themes, however, the menu overlaid on a cover image is classy and has elegant animations. Images linking to content also have a hover state that allows you to share the post immediately. This theme does have the best image gallery out of the top 3. It also doesn’t feel bogged down in all its features and widgets.
Tempest design (9/10)
A big part of the reason why Tempest deserves a 9/10 for design is because of its originality. The use of blurbs that slightly overlap article images is such a nice touch. This is another theme that makes great use of image hover states to convey extra information or add functionality. The use of pitch black text on white also allows for easy reading with the only negative feedback being that the text is a little too small.
Tempest mobile responsiveness (8/10)
There isn’t much to complain about its mobile responsiveness capabilities – All the images retain their hover states, so you can still share from the home page. The cart is still displayed, but moved right underneath the search bar to make it better for mobile viewing – The shop also functions very similarly. The only negative feedback is that the menu button and the menu itself could be placed and designed a little better.
Tempest functionality (10/10)
A lot of these points are earned by the theme’s excellent shopping feature. The cart is always displayed in the top right-hand corner, so the user can always keep track of it while browsing content on the main site. There are also widgets with featured products so users can be enticed to buy while reading articles. On the landing page there is also a subscription box on the bottom left-hand corner that thankfully doesn’t grey out the page. Although it doesn’t have a huge range of layouts, each one feels well thought out and serves a purpose.
Additional fashion blog WordPress theme reviews
Below are the WordPress fashion blog themes that made the top 20, but missed out on the top 3 spots.