Samantha Sutton

Out of all the questionable things I wore during my late-’90s and early-’00s youth, popcorn shirts — aka magic bubble shirts, or scrunchie shirts, as they’re called on occasion — were definitely among the most confusing.

A shirt that’s initially tiny enough to fit a doll, but expands large enough to fit your dad? Kind of strange, but apparently appealing to my middle school self, who proudly wore a floral printed one purchased from Limited Too.

After this trend died down, these shirts slowly made their way to drugstore clothing aisles, and then to the verge of extinction. At the same time, I added this stretchy top to my ‘never again’ fashion list — but now, I’m reconsidering that choice.