Thanks to beach season, your gym game has been on point for months, which puts you in the sweet spot for fitting into that best-man suit next month, right? Wrong. That strong build, so well-suited for the sand, doesn’t always warm up well to narrow-leg suit pants and a closely tailored jacket. Luckily, J.Crew has released a new athletically minded suit fit just for you.

Meet the Crosby cut.

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Image via GQ.com

Now, just what makes the Crosby cut so apt at accommodating bis, tris, and calves, you ask? J.Crew’s menswear director Frank Muytjens elaborates below.

It’s all about the proportions…we didn’t want to create a suit that was just a bigger version of the Ludlow. We focused on the upper torso, biceps and shoulders the most. We opened up the armhole, made the shoulder a little wider and worked on opening up the body as well. We also widened the lapel a hair, just to make sure everything was proportional. For the pants, we opened it up in the waist and thigh area, but still made sure the leg opening was slim.

Thankfully, showing up to that wedding in a too-small or too-big suit shouldn’t be an issue anymore. But don’t go trading in every suit in your wardrobe yet. Just know this: The tailor is your friend. Find a good one, then ask for help figuring out the right cut for your body type. They’ll alter your current suits, so you can feel free to start P90x.

By Emily Ketterer, Staff Writer

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August 18, 2014

How many times have you tried to buy a replacement pair of perfectly fitting ballet flats or boyfriend jeans only to find they’re no longer available? Not just temporarily out of stock. Gone. For. Good. So was the case for New York Magazine: The Cut writer Jenni Avins and her beloved scoop-back swimsuit from J.Crew. That is, until she wrote an open letter to the brand’s creative director, Jenna Lyons, and Lyons responded – in a big way.

J.Crew Brings Back an Archived Swimsuit
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In her August 2013 letter to Lyons, Avins waxed rhapsodic about the “clean, open-backed one-pieces” she loved and lamented the lesser-quality knockoffs she wore in their wake. Fast-forward and the suit, looking modern and marvelous, now stars in a full-spread ad in the magazine’s print edition. Occupying the adjacent page is a scrawled note from Lyons letting Avins know that her request had been received – and realized. The moral of the story? Ask and you shall receive. Or, at the very least, it pays to have friends in high places.

Visit New York Magazine: The Cut to read the whole story.

By Lindsay Lambert, Editor

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April 9, 2014