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There are certain things—cookie-butter lattes, true love, a crumbling 17th century farm house—where the moment you realize they exist, you have to have them. 

The Panera “Swim Soup” is one such thing for me. The chain restaurant, famous for making you wonder if life would be better lived inside a bread bowl, just released a limited edition swimwear collection. The theme? Broccoli cheddar. The color palette? Neglected pond, with a hint of hungover frog. The vibe? Ugly-hot soup chic. 

“It is officially the hottest time of the year, and over 70% of people say the hot weather does not stop them from eating soup,” reads the company’s press release, citing a Panera survey of 700 people. “For this group of year-round, hot soup aficionados, Panera sees you, and celebrates you with the launch of the new Swim Soup Collection.” 

I am aware that this is a clever marketing ploy aimed at people like me—awkward women who eat a lot of soup and would like to be seen as adorably quirky for doing so. I don’t care. I walk through so much of my life simply sloshing full of soup. Finally, a brand has recognized me. 

Love to be laughing and eating my bread bowl by the pool.

Courtesy of Panera 

The “Swim Soup” collection contains two classic one-pieces, and two pairs of swim trunks, each available in either a broccoli cheddar print, or a sickly algae color. There is also a pool float, shaped like a bread bowl. I am drawn, with an intensity that has shocked me, to the nauseated green one piece that just says, “Soup.” After all, what is the human body if not a soft, supple container of upright soup?  

While they were in stock (pun intended,) each “Swim Soup” sold for $25, with the pool float going for $20. The suits run from XS-4X. They were sold through Panera’s online system, which, kind of charmingly, treated the order like you were ringing up an actual bowl of soup, instead of a retail purchase. Tragically, the entire line sold out in less than a week—like hot, refreshing soup on a sunny day (or something.) Panera told Glamour that there are “No plans to restock at the moment.” 

But those of us who eat soup are accustomed to waiting (for the soup to cool down, so we can eat it). In the meantime, we will blow on our broth, as one blows out candles on a birthday cake, and make a wish: For more sexy soup-themed merchandise. The world is our bread-bowl; we will be satisfied. 

Now then, it’s 90 degrees in parts of the East Coast today, and you know what that means: Time for some nice, hot soup

Jenny Singer is a staff writer for Glamour. You can follow her on Twitter.  



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