I don't understand why the hoods just aren't your head items, or a lot of them. They have a helm toggle like any reasonable mmo out there, ostensibly because they realized that we might want to see our characters' faces. But instead my helm toggle is just turning on and off little headbands you can't see or whatever.
The hoods should have just been a separate model for helm items, not part of the chest piece. With those combined with existing helm looks we'd get a lot more variety in our character looks with the same amount of models too.
This might be the best solution of all, as anything bigger than a headband cancels out the hood anyway. Or they could just add the hood down armors that are all over this web site into the actual game, and people wouldn't have to wear trooper clothes or smuggler hats just to see the character they created.