25 Most Stylish Bostonians of 2008 -- Jennifer Thompson

(Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff)
By Luke O'Neil
Globe Correspondent / November 18, 2008
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Jennifer Thompson

Age: 35

Profession: Twelve-time Olympic medalist in swimming, anesthesiologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital

Residence: Brookline

Where are your favorite places to shop in Boston? I like a mixture of boutiques and H&M. This place I discovered recently that I really like is The Velvet Fly . . . Mint Julep, and various ones on Newbury Street. I can't keep track.

What are your most indispensable clothing items? I've always loved my jeans. I've been a jeans snob for many years. I'm a longtime fan of 7's and True Religion. I have several pairs; I shouldn't buy anymore, but I tend to. I like wearing sundresses a lot too, so that's why I picked one for this shoot. I tend to be a fan of the $200 party dress. For no reason! If I'm going out for dinner or drinks I try to dress up. I lived in New York City for a while where dressing up is an everyday occurrence. I kind of like that about it.

What are you saying about Boston? Well, people don't wear sparkles here too much. I'm trying to bring it to town.

Being a doctor is a job that probably doesn't give you much opportunity for stylish expression, does it? Well, I do wear scrubs every day, so I try to mix it up a little bit with gold sneakers, or a fun scrub hat. Otherwise we all look the same. It also frees up my wardrobe money for fun clothes versus work clothes.

Is there a stylish way to accessorize with Olympic medals? Well, they're a little heavy for earrings, otherwise it would be a nice option.

Do you still swim much? How have swimming styles changed for better or worse since you started? I just recently joined the Cambridge Masters swim team. I've only been about five times though. The suits have gotten paradoxically bigger and more material. You'd think less material would be better, but the material is so fast, now we cover our whole bodies.

Got any big style regrets from the past? The big high school perm. That's something I won't repeat.

You got to see a lot of the world through swimming. What was the most stylish city? Barcelona and Rome.

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