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This Is What College Students Across The Country Are Wearing This Summer

All the summer outfit inspo you need

Dressing for summer is hard — while you may long for warmer days when you're wearing layers on layers in the middle of January, your wardrobe feels extremely limited when you have to pick outfits that won't leave you drowning in your own sweat.

Thankfully, there are Style Gurus from CollegeFashionista here to share summer outfit inspiration and essentials with us.

Peep their summer must-haves, outfit criteria, and more, below!

Alexis Kelly

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School: Central Michigan University

Year/Major: Sophomore/Fashion Merchandising

What's important to you in a summer outfit? I am loving denim this summer so it has become an essential in my wardrobe.

What're your three summer must-haves? Off-the-shoulder tops, jean skirts, and silver jewelry.

Audie Lauf

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School: Illinois State University

Year/Major: Senior/Public Relations and Fashion Merchandising

What's important to you in a summer outfit? The element of color is crucial in a summer wardrobe. Summer is the season of vibrant inspiration.

What're your three summer must-haves? Overalls, extended-length t-shirts, and wireless headphones for running.

Farhat Lamisa Kabir

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School: University of Waterloo

Year/Major: Junior/Economics and Management

What's important to you in a summer outfit? For summer, as weird as it may sound, I like to allow air to pass through to keep me cool. I'm big on cut-outs, be it cut-out tops or dresses.

What're your three summer must-haves? Cool shades/sunglasses, a bomb highlighter, and white clothing.

Gabrielle Aleutina

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School: Liberty University

Year/Major: Sophomore/Strategic Communications and Social Media Management

What's important to you in a summer outfit? Summer dresses are my favorite, because they can be worn almost anywhere and on any occasion. This palm tree dress creates the perfect summer vibe with a fun tropical print, which goes great with my wedges.

What're your three summer must-haves? Glossier Coconut Balm Dotcom, Octavio Sea Salt Spray, and OPI Gelato On My Mind nail polish.

Alexis Atkins

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School: Savannah College of Art and Design

Year/Major: Senior/Fashion Marketing and Management

What's important to you in a summer outfit? For a summer outfit, I think it's always important to have clothing options that breathe. I love this silk nightgown because it flows in the wind, keeping me cool during the hot weather.

What're your three summer must-haves? Sunscreen, lots of silk nightgowns, and matte lipsticks because they last all day.

Janny Bui

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School: Boise State University

Year/Major: Sophomore/Marketing

What's important to you in a summer outfit? I believe that a summer outfit should be bright, fun, and simple. A great way to make your outfit stand out is to accessorize with jewelry and a fabulous pair of sunnies.

What're your three summer must-haves? A fun pair of sunglasses, sunscreen because I get red like a tomato, and blotting sheets to look refreshed on those long days out!

Elizabeth Morales

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School: DePauw University

Year/Major: Senior/Psychology and Spanish

What's important to you in a summer outfit? With the hot summer weather it is important for me to feel comfortable in my clothes. I spend so much time trying to find pieces that stretch and that I can move around in while still looking presentable.

What're your three summer must-haves? Denim skirts, jelly sandals, and crochet tops.

Katie Klinefelter

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School: Ohio University

Year/Major: Sophomore/Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development

What's important to you in a summer outfit? When it comes to summer fashion, remaining minimal is key to me. I love taking advantage of the warm weather, so I rarely layer. I keep my outfits breezy and comfortable, while incorporating dainty jewelry and a great pair of sandals or slip-ons!

What're your three summer must-haves? Off-the-shoulder tops, boyfriend jeans, and a blush mini-bag!

Luke Polihrom

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School: New York University

Year/Major: Freshman/Sustainable Urban Environments

What's important to you in a summer outfit? Patterns in either shorts or shirts are always a good choice. Also, bright or unusual colors will make the outfit stand out.

What're your three summer must-haves? Short-sleeved button-downs with funky patterns are my favorite. Jean shorts go with almost any outfit. A good pair of trendy sneakers will top off the outfit nicely (even high-tops look good with shorts!).

Rachel Kaplan

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School: Kent State University

Year/Major: Junior/Fashion Merchandising

What's important to you in a summer outfit? A summer outfit should be chic but allow you to stay cool and comfortable at the same time. Sunglasses make the perfect accessory!

What're your three summer must-haves? An over-the-shoulder top, a black choker, and a denim skirt.

Reina Sekiguchi

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School: Barnard College

Year/Major: Senior/Psychology

What's important to you in a summer outfit? To beat the summer heat in style, you don't always need to show a lot of skin — light, loose fabrics and simple styling can keep you looking cool and classy even when you feel like a melting popsicle.

What're your three summer must-haves? A crisp white blouse — I'm loving the off-the-shoulder and bell-sleeved styles this season — BB Cream for a light dose of daily SPF, and block-heeled sandals, which are the perfect day-to-night shoe.

Rinette Bondoc

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School: The Art Institute of California - Silicon Valley

Year/Major: Senior/Fashion Marketing

What's important to you in a summer outfit? I love putting together casual and laid-back looks that incorporate the key trends of the season. Lately I've been obsessed with bandanas, since they're an easy way to add an edgy statement to a more relaxed outfit.

What're your three summer must-haves? Bandanas, camera, and sunglasses.

Penda Sarr

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School: University of Toronto

Year/Major: Senior/Political Science

What's important to you in a summer outfit? Sandals. They should be comfortable and stylish enough to create a perfect look.

What're your three summer must-haves? Sunscreen, a cute colorful bikini, and a great pair of shades!

Sarah Ojacastro

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School: University of California Riverside

Year/Major: Sophomore/Biochemistry

What's important to you in a summer outfit? It's crucial for my summer outfits to be both comfortable and lightweight, especially with the amount of heat Southern California is blessed with! Maxi dresses are my go-to outfits during summer because they help cover my skin from too much sun and provide the perfect stylish yet comfortable dynamic I need in a summer outfit.

What're your three summer must-haves? A stylish floppy hat, statement sunglasses, and a UV-protective sun umbrella that compliments the overall outfit.

Madeline Farina

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School: Kent State University

Year/Major: Senior/Fashion Merchandising

What's important to you in a summer outfit? A good summer outfit involves comfort, fun, light colors, and some type of statement piece, like my chunky heeled white shoes.

What're your three summer must-haves? Off-the-shoulder tops, high-wasted denim jeans, and ankle-wrap sandals!