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25 Most Stylish Bostonians of 2008 -- Kristina Wong

By Christopher Muther
Globe Staff / November 18, 2008
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Kristina Wong

Age: 25

Residence: Cambridge

Occupation: Electrical engineer and blogger for www.hello-dreamecho.blogspot.com/

How did the blog start? Back in 2005 I was participating in some online fashion forums. I enjoyed that for a while as a way to explore fashion styles, but then I wanted to have my own platform.

What inspires your sense of style? What I'm ultimately doing is creating my own vision of what I want to look like. In a way it's more based on what I'm not seeing, which is inner strength. You hear about fashion and guilty purchases. I don't want to approach fashion like that. I want to be sure of what I'm doing. I want to be intelligent about it, but also have fun with it. It's kind of like an art for me. I'm not thinking about how should I look for a certain situation or for other people, it's more like how can I play with colors and textures to create something that resonates with myself.

Do you find Boston to be a stylish city? I definitely see style here. I haven't been here that long - a couple of years - but already I see it growing. And I hear from people who have been here for a decade that there was not much here before. I have a lot of hope. Every day I see something that gets me thinking.

Who are the designers that you aspire to wear when your electrical engineering career goes through the roof? I've really been liking Rodarte lately. I really like Preen and Martin Margiela. And the Japanese designers, like Yohji Yamamoto.

How does a science nerd become so interested in fashion? I can say that my interest in fashion came first. It's always been there. It started with my mom. She was a 1970s glamour gal with lots and lots of sequins. I was always helping her pick out multicolored earrings to go with her gowns.

If you could change one thing about the way people dress in Boston, what would it be? It's more that I'd like to see people not be afraid to be themselves. That doesn't necessarily mean that you have to dress wildly, or even that some people would have to dress differently. I think there are a lot of people who try to dress in a way that's not themselves.

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