There’s life in this old thing

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High street shopping is the fast food equivalent of the fashion world - it’s quick, easy and usually hits the spot.

But lets be honest trawling round Topshop for a Saturday night outfit requires minimal effort.

It’s all laid out for you in neatly arranged sections and ideal for picking up an outfit quickly.

But as much as I love the high street it does have its pitfalls - from frock horror situations when you see five other people wearing the same outfit to investing your hard earned cash in the latest trend knowing that it will be out of fashion before the month is out.

Disposable fashion may have its plus points but I get much more satisfaction from tracking down a one of a kind vintage item that has a little bit of history to it.

So I was excited to tune into Dawn O’Porter’s new Channel 4 show This Old Thing dedicated to the art of vintage clothing.

The new series fronted by the quirky presenter aims to reignite the nations passion for vintage threads.

Aside from Dawn O’Porter being a fantastic host the concept is great.

The six part series follows Mrs O’Porter and her team of vintage style experts as they embark on a mission to prove items from yesteryear can revamp your boring high street wardrobe.

High Street fanatics who fear vintage shopping involves sifting through smelly old cardigans in a dingy back alley charity shops are well and truly shown the light.

As well as shopping for vintage threads the show also gives you some handy tips for revamping your clothes.

Thanks to a few simple tricks you can turn an old item of clothing into a fabulous prized possession.

But my favourite part of the show is the section where we are given a fashion history lesson finding out about everything from the 1980s shoulder parts to 1920s flapper girls.

It’s true that shopping for vintage pieces does take longer, it’s not neatly arranged in a variety of sizes, but that’s half the fun of it.

Rooting through rails in search of buried vintage treasures means uncovering a gem is all the more satisfying.

One of my favourite black dresses is from a vintage shop and whenever I wear it I get asked where it’s from.

Knowing I will never see anyone else in the same thing makes it even more special and the fact that it cost a fiver is just a bonus.

Make sure you tune into This Old Thing on Wednesday’s at 8pm on Channel 4 - and get last night’s episode on catch up featuring Doncaster girl Liza.