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Specialty stores take torture out of swimsuit shopping

Employee Christine Martiello works the fitting room at

Employee Christine Martiello works the fitting room at Great Shapes in Roslyn Heights. Photo Credit: Photo by Nina Ruggiero

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
Photo Credit: Photo by Nina Ruggiero

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

Sample of fabrics used for custom made bathing
Photo Credit: Photo by Nina Ruggiero

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

Sample of fabrics used for custom made bathing
Photo Credit: Photo by Nina Ruggiero

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

Designer Luchyana Gonzalez makes custom swimsuits for any
Photo Credit: Photo by Nina Ruggiero

Designer Luchyana Gonzalez makes custom swimsuits for any body type.

Custom suits made by Luchyana Gonzalez at Crystal
Photo Credit: Photo by Nina Ruggiero

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

A custom bikini made by Luchyana Gonzalez at
Photo Credit: Photo by Nina Ruggiero

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

Many designs come in both one-piece and two-piece
Photo Credit: Photo by Nina Ruggiero

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

This one-piece at Great Shapes leaves plenty of
Photo Credit: Photo by Nina Ruggiero

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

Marc by Marc Jacobs swimwear, sold at Great
Photo Credit: Photo by Nina Ruggiero

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
Photo Credit: Photo by Nina Ruggiero

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

Inside Gonzalez's workshop, where she makes custom swimsuits
Photo Credit: Photo by Nina Ruggiero

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

Gonzalez said this top was made to accommodate
Photo Credit: Photo by Nina Ruggiero

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
Photo Credit: Photo by Nina Ruggiero

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

The Jerrie Shop has some designer style swimsuits
Photo Credit: Photo by Nina Ruggiero

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

No matter what body type, owner Marna Hann
Photo Credit: Photo by Nina Ruggiero

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
Photo Credit: Photo by Nina Ruggiero

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

Luchyana Gonzalez makes a bikini top for a
Photo Credit: Nina Ruggiero

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

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