What Is a Yoke on Clothing?

A yoke on clothing is a horizontal piece of fabric near the shoulders or the waist, according to the Cutting Class, a fashion analysis company. A yoke is a functional part of a garment, which can also serve as a decorative element, as when it is cut from contrasting fabric.

A yoke allows for shaping in areas of the body that are more curved, the Cutting Class notes. On a skirt or a pair of pants, the yoke is snug at the area just below the waist, then is sewn to a fuller piece of fabric to accommodate the hips.