I wore the Uncle Sam hat I got for Christmas to the office today. When I walked into the conference room my colleagues laughed and clapped. I got quite a few positive comments today, like "Bonne fête!" (Happy holiday!) and "Nice hat!" The only sort of negative comment I got was when someone said that one of the two other Americans who work in the Lyon office was wearing a flag scarf and it was "more discreet" but she didn't say it in a mean way, just as an observation. I even wore it at lunch at a sidewalk café without incident.
In the end I felt like those women in Glamour magazine who have to do/wear weird things in public like floss their teeth or go out in a real slip rather than a slip dress. Plus my head got all hot in the sun.
I should see if the hat was made in China.