Fashion 101: The Shirt(shirts w/yokes)

English: Halter neck
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Piecing within a shirt design can increase quality and wear ability. Gores and yokes are simple design solutions for a better fit and product. According to, “Ready-To-Wear Apparel Analysis” by Patty Brown and Janett Rice, yokes are horizontal divisions within a garment. Usually small flat panels of fabric at the shoulder, waist

, or midriff. They can help the garment fit the body curve in the area near the seam. Single or split yokes both

do the job.


The babydoll silhouette isn’t limited to ladies that are preggers. An empire waist combined with a front and back shoulder yoke(single or split), this style goes from day to night depending on the fabric. If you do have a little pooch in the front, it will be well hidden. Gathers, pleats, or light airy fabric that flows will help pull this one off without a hitch.


A blouse is defined as a front buttoning shirt with a collar. It can have long or short sleeves, is gathered at the wrist(long sleeve) and ends at the hip area. Drapey materials like organza, lace, silk, rayon, georgette, gauze, and satin all qualify for these sirts. The yoke is usually a front and back shoulder yoke, (single or split). However a split yoke(the standard yoke split into two halves) may provide you with more drape.

The dress shirt is made of stiffer materials like oxford, plaid, houndstooth, twill, poplin, cotton, pique, denim, or flannel. The Southwest inspired flannel shirt is a great example, and it’s super cute with the two different fabrics. Here, the style is inspired by the body of the men’s shirt. Usually the yoke is more likely to only be on the back shoulder. A version with the split yoke may not be readily available unless the shirt is tailored or custom made.

The halter top has a midriff yoke that extends up into an empire waist. This minimizes lumps, dinner rolls, and any unwanted waist accents you want to restrain or hide. The neckline draws the attention away from the waist accentuating your bosom.


  • Ready-To-Wear Apparel Analysis, Patty Brown and Janett Rice; Prentice Hall, 2001


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