Some inexpensive staples are candidates for iterative buying, due to the nature of the materials and the environments in which they are worn, and the navy-and-white nautical striped pullover is one of them. Top picks for this year, both trad and unconventional:

Uniqlo Supima Short Sleeve T-Shirt [$20] — Frankly, the best example of the genre we've ever seen; the reinforced neck means it sits well under a blazer and the stripe colour and width are ideal.

Massimo Dutti Navy Stripe Sweater [$90] — A really interesting remix of the theme in a highly textured casual sweater.

Zara Striped Linen T-Shirt [$26] — Loosely fitting, almost a boatneck, not ideal for layering but a great pairing with shorts or to throw on poolside.

Uniqlo Washed Long Sleeve T-Shirt [$15] — A slightly warmer, heavier option. Runs a bit small so size up.

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