When people critisize girls for wearing outfits that look slutty, trashy, too reveling, innappropriate, it's normally understood it's not ok to reveal your body to garner attention and activate male libido for no reason... But then you go to the beach and everyone is one strong wave away from full on nudity.
I'm very shy and quite conservative in my dress, but this is the first summer I'll go with my college friends on the beach. While I use to be ok with underssing in front of complete, almost-naked, strangers, this whole ordeal lookst a lot different. These are my male college classmates in question (guys I see every day in on campus) and I don't know if my extreme nervousness over showing my body in front of them is justified... =/
I own only one bikini and I asked my female classmates if they'd like to wear a one piece with a little skirt with me, so I don't look like the odd girl out. They looked at me as if I'm crazy, called me a prude and told me not to show up dressed like a grandma, or they'll splash the shit out of me. (half-jokingly of course)
Should I push to have my way and show dressed as "grandma" anyway? Or should I just suck it up, go in a bikini and get used it?
If you are really that concerned and looking for a happy medium where they won't make fun of you, you could wear a monokini and shorts. Or a tankini. Or a one piece with a sarong. There are lots of options of things to wear while still not looking like "grandma". The friend that you'd asked probably enjoys being out in her bikini so she doesn't understand your conservative moral on it.
There are a lot of two piece swim suits that are not so revealing as what is normally considered a bikini. Look at those as a possible alternative. Many are cute and attractive and do not look prudish. And you can always combine that with a cover up.
Don't wear anything you're not comfortable with, but to me it's fine to wear a bikini on the beach just because it's expected and everybody is wearing that. Obviously I wouldn't wear a bikini to a job interview. What you wear depends on the setting.