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Employee Christine Martiello works the fitting room at (Credit: Photo by Nina Ruggiero)

Employee Christine Martiello works the fitting room at Great Shapes in Roslyn Heights.

Specialty stores take torture out of swimsuit shopping

The swimwear industry has advanced to accommodate consumers who don't fit the perfect bikini mold. All it takes to find a body transforming bathing suit is one day at the right store and an open mind.

Employee Christine Martiello works the fitting room at
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Employee Christine Martiello works the fitting room at Great Shapes in Roslyn Heights.

Sample of fabrics used for custom made bathing
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Sample of fabrics used for custom made bathing suits at Crystal Water Collections in Bellmore.

Sample of fabrics used for custom made bathing
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Sample of fabrics used for custom made bathing suits at Crystal Water Collections in Bellmore.

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Designer Luchyana Gonzalez makes custom swimsuits for any
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Designer Luchyana Gonzalez makes custom swimsuits for any body type.

Custom suits made by Luchyana Gonzalez at Crystal
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Custom suits made by Luchyana Gonzalez at Crystal Water Collections in Bellmore.

A custom bikini made by Luchyana Gonzalez at
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A custom bikini made by Luchyana Gonzalez at Crystal Water Collections in Bellmore.

Many designs come in both one-piece and two-piece
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Many designs come in both one-piece and two-piece styles at The Jerrie Shop.

This one-piece at Great Shapes leaves plenty of
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This one-piece at Great Shapes leaves plenty of room for a full midsection.

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Marc by Marc Jacobs swimwear, sold at Great
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Marc by Marc Jacobs swimwear, sold at Great Shapes, uses fun patterns and feminine details on not so skimpy bikinis.

This Michael Kors snakeskin print also comes in
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This Michael Kors snakeskin print also comes in a one-piece at Great Shapes.

Floral bikini bottoms by Australian brand Baku, $104
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Floral bikini bottoms by Australian brand Baku, $104 at Great Shapes in Roslyn Heights.

Juicy Couture is one of over 50 brands
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Juicy Couture is one of over 50 brands sold at Great Shapes.

Inside Gonzalez's workshop, where she makes custom swimsuits
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Inside Gonzalez's workshop, where she makes custom swimsuits in 11 days.

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Gonzalez said this top was made to accommodate
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Gonzalez said this top was made to accommodate a customer who couldn't find a suit that fit her large bust.

A Crystal Water Collections employee gets to work
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A Crystal Water Collections employee gets to work at the sewing machine.

The Jerrie Shop has some designer style swimsuits
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The Jerrie Shop has some designer style swimsuits at discount prices.

No matter what body type, owner Marna Hann
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No matter what body type, owner Marna Hann says the staff at The Jerrie Shop will make you look the best you can look on thebeach.

Karla Colletto is Great Shapes owner Joel Weinberg's
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Karla Colletto is Great Shapes owner Joel Weinberg's favorite American swimwear designer. Her one-piece suits can costmore than $300.

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Luchyana Gonzalez makes a bikini top for a
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Luchyana Gonzalez makes a bikini top for a fuller-chested customer at Crystal Water Collections. (June 21, 2011)

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