Dear Race Director,
I requested a size large shirt assuming it was a male-specific fit, but it is quite small, as you can see. Some mistake, surely?
No mistakes here! Offering a men’s-specific t-shirt is an added race-day headache for so many race directors — us included. In the past we have tolerated this headache with the thought that you may wear the shirt around and so help us to market the race, but it simply wasn’t worth the bureaucratic hassle. Every brand sizes differently for men, and you dudes like to look as hot as possible (and don’t get me wrong, we love us a tight t-shirt!) which led to way too many exchanges and frazzled volunteers on race day.
So we went to unisex sizing this year in order to simplify and reduce costs.
We find that our unisex shirts fit 51% of our runners quite well! Our committee of wear testers, which did include one man, raved about the fit! Even the male chairwoman of our t-shirt committee, John Smith, was happy with the choice and said his wife particularly liked the peek of pec the V-neck design offered. Overall, it’s so much easier and more cost-effective than offering a specific fit just to keep the men happy.
However, if you find the fit is a little off, you have so many options. Consider wearing it as cute pjs. Use your sewing skills to modify for your non unisex body type (there are so many sexy pinteresting ideas!). Or, if you’re anything like my husband and his boyfriends, you love crafting — save your unisex shirts and sew them into a souvenir quilt. Donation is another great option! In the future, if fit is so important to you, consider sizing up, and then up again or maybe twice to allow for shrinkage.
And, of course, the participant medal and pride you feel in crossing the finish line are one-size-fits all and never even require laundering!
Shirley Wright, Race Director
What do you suggest Chester do with his unisex shirt?