If you are of the mindset that a long-sleeved wedding dress implies a conservative, cautious attitude, think again.

No longer exclusive to traditional celebrations, long-sleeved wedding dresses can make a serious style statement. From quiet and conservative to whimsical and romantic to fiercely modern, the past few seasons of bridal runway collections prove that long sleeves can be just as avant-garde as other, more skin-bearing details.

What started with Kate Middleton—who became Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in a custom Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen creation—led to other fashion darlings, including British rocker Lily Allen and chic eco-activist Lauren Bush, wearing long-sleeved dresses on their wedding day. It's safe to say that brides who decide on a wedding dress with long sleeves are making a statement that they don't need to bare all in order to be a standout.

Opting for long sleeves also gives you more room to play with your own personal style and show off intricate design details. To balance out the extra fabric, a simple updo and minimal jewelry provide perfect complements to a long sleeve gown. Still feel like you're missing a wow-factor? Select a dress with a daring open back or sultry illusion neckline. ("Business in the front, party in the back" just took on a whole new meaning.)

Here, the most wow-worthy long sleeved wedding dresses from the bridal runways.

At left: Wedding dress by Honor for Stone Fox Bride

Photo: Courtesy of Honor for Stone Fox Bride

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