I read, in order to change a theme for xfce4 one has to copy the downloaded theme into /usr/share/themes and then select it inside the Appear application under the theme tab.

However, there is no theme tab in mine, there are only four tabs:

  1. Style
  2. Icons
  3. Fonts
  4. Settings

Xfce 4's appearance settings had no Theme tab in it. In fact, it only has 4 tabs you mentioned in the question and it isn't a fault.

Here is a screenshot from my system verifying that, so no need to worry.

XFCE4 appearance settings

If you're asking this so that you can change the theme quickly, you can just try this command line way instead.

xfconf-query  -c xsettings -p /Net/IconThemeName -s theme-name-here
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    In addition, we can select themes in System Settings > Window Manger > Style-tab, this will have influence on the Window decoration and button-layout. – mook765 May 14 '17 at 13:59

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