Even within the category of traditional white gowns, you'll still have plenty of choices. For one thing, there are many shades of white....ranging from stark white, to an antique cream. Still other whites may have a subtle undertone of pink, green, blue or other tints. What's most important is to find a shade that flatters your skin. Women with 'cool' or pink-based skin tones will look best in cool colors; those with 'warm' or yellow-based skin will be prettiest in warm colors. If you're not sure of your color type, you may want to consult a book like Color Me Beautiful. But it usually becomes obvious, as you try on various colors. The most traditional style for wedding dresses is the ball gown. Ball gowns feature a fitted upper bodice, tapered waist, and a full skirt; think of Cinderella, or Scarlett O'Hara. A less traditional style is the Empire; this cut has a fitted bodice that gathers just below the bust, then falls into a straighter skirt. Necklines may be high and Victorian, a simple jewel neck, across the shoulders, or sweetheart style. Most traditional gowns have long sleeves, though short-sleeved versions are often worn in the summer.