Now clearly what the hat needs is some mitts to go with it.
I’m a firm believer that accessories are better in sets. For me, that’s almost always going to mean a hat and some mitts to go with it.
Cowls are nice and all (and I’ve knit quite a few). But I tend to think a cowl has to go with whatever shirt I’m wearing, whereas a hat and mitts just need to go with each other.
And while I fully admit that these are my own weird rules and should hold no sway for anyone else, they do tend to shape what I knit.