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20 times Peep Show characters actually dressed better than you

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Peep Show is finally back on our screens this week, and while we can't wait for a whole series of new one-liners, awkward conversations and fraught mishaps to take place, we're also excited to see the wardrobe choices of the regular characters as they grace our screens once again.

While the Channel 4 show could never be accused of channeling high fashion or of even having a style agenda, each character has their own quintessential look, for better or for worse - and we may just decide to copy some of their sartorial choices when the first episode of the ninth (and last ever) series of Peep Show starts on 11 November.

Here are some of the moments when the show's characters became alt style icons.

  • 20 times Peep Show characters actually dressed better than you

    Super Hans

    Super Hans makes most things look cool (apart from, perhaps, his most recent corporate escapades in a suit and tie), and this bizarre printed T-shirt, complete with a chain on his jeans and a little flash of stomach, just shows that when it comes to style, he's in a totally different league. 

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    Mark Corrigan

    While we're not trying to condone this disastrous New Year's Eve outfit, we have to give full points to Mark for stepping out of his comfort zone - which he couldn't even do for Rainbow Rhythms - and wearing this statement Paddington Bear-esque costume.

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    Super Hans

    With his eye make-up, dishevelled hair and pet snake ('All right mate, chill out, it's just a phallic symbol, not my actual dong'), Hans makes a venomous reptile into a strange style statement that we love despite ourselves.

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    Mark Corrigan

    Have you ever gone to a house party wearing a suit and tie this delectable? Well, if not, you should try it, because you might just end up at a bowling alley with a really hot teenage goth who doesn't even care when someone asks you if you're selling insurance.

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    Alan Johnson

    Business meetings in our dressing gowns? We'll be following Johnson's lead on this one, that's for sure.

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    Jeremy Usbourne

    When in doubt, shake up your wardrobe - just like Jez did when he added this feathered earring to his usual jeans, T-shirt and jacket repertoire.

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    Jeff Heaney and Alan Johnson

    Even a douchebag like Jeff and a nutter like Johnson can scrub up nicely - all it takes is a sharp tux and a neat cocktail.

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    Mark Corrigan and Jeremy Usbourne

    For the pair who seem to never be out of their work gear (Mark) and cargo jacket (Jeremy), they scrub up rather well in their wedding morning suits - even if one of them does have piss all over himself. 

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    Mark Corrigan

    When you're hosting a party and you're nervous about it, take a leaf out of Mark's book - make four lasagnes and wear a Hawaiian shirt. What could go wrong?

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    Jeremy Usbourne

    Jeremy wears this cargo jacket in almost every episode of Peep Show, but sadly, the camouflage didn't help him vanish into the background in the memorable episode where he ate an actual dog. At least he had a nice eye-catching yellow and pink T-shirt to make the moment even more noticeable. 

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    Super Hans

    When we're slouching on the sofa with a beer and the TV remote, we're normally in our boxers, tracksuit bottoms or dressing gown - but this slobbish attire is not for Super Hans, who shows off his fashion prowess once again in his exemplary laid-back get-up, comprising of leather trousers, a waistcoat and a smart jacket over the top. 

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    Jeremy Usbourne

    No man ever loved a slogan T-shirt as much as Jeremy does. And god, does he wear them well. 

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    Super Hans

    Super Hans's sartorial savviness all comes down to the detail: it's not just about his checked, fitted shirt, but the green ring casually sitting on his finger, his black wristband and his patterned belt take the outfit into the next style dimension. Add his great, irreverent one-liners into the mix and you have the perfect indifferent icon.

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    Mark Corrigan

    Everyone hates wearing their work uniforms, but Mark's Banditos outfit makes an improvement on his usual JLB suit, and that's saying a lot.

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    Super Hans

    Do you knit your own scarves? No? Then you'll never be as well-dressed as Super Hans.

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    Alan Johnson

    Casual cotton tee, structured camel jacket and enormous pinkie ring - it could only be Alan Johnson, master of cool and slightly unnerving smooth talker.

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    Super Hans

    Super Hans regularly goes for blazers over T-shirts, full on matching shellsuits and even suits and ties on occasion - but one style statement he's stuck with over the years is wearing big showy chains over all his zip-up jumpers. We can't say we love it, but we're all for an individual fashion choice.

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    Super Hans

    Didn't believe us? Here's the chain and zip-up combo again... paired with a giant padded parka for those wintery days when nothing seems to warm you up. 

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    Jeremy Usbourne

    T-shirt aficionado Jeremy wears his heart on his sleeve - by showing the world he just wants to make music with his neon microphone tee.

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    Mark Corrigan

    While the unsavoury facial hair just smacks of David Brent, we have to admire Mark's courage in actually trying to pull off this look - though he drew the line at a Chairman Mao T-shirt.

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Deborah Cicurel

Deborah Cicurel is a freelance journalist who writes about everything from lifestyle and travel to fashion and entertainment. She loves spicy maki rolls, cosy socks and visiting far-flung destinations, and is unable to walk past a dog on the street without stopping to befriend it. 

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