At a recent Monday team meeting, S asked me to look around for what she thinks are called “drop yoke jeans.” Linzi interjected and said she thinks they’re called “double yoke.” (And the yoke’s on S, because the internet world seems to agree with Linz.)

Just to add to the confusion, most jeans have a v-shaped seam (yoke) in the back, so the double yoke refers to jeans that have that v-shape in both the back and the front. Ahhhh….now we know.

Regardless, some readers might recognize the style of jeans we’re talking about — S and Linz swear they were HUGE in the ’80s.

On-Trend: Front Yoke Jeans

After doing some research, I realized there are all different types of yokes, but we’re talkin’ the ones that have an unexpected v-shape seam — ’cause these days it’s coming back in full force in the front. It’s meant to help in the flattering-fit-department. They have all the cool detail of those paperbag waist jeans…but without the added bulk.

Here are a few of our current favs…

Those new jeans — the 1s w/ the v-shape accentuating a high waist? They're front yoke...a retro trend we're kinda lovin' right now. Here are 4 ways to style 'em.

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How To Style Front Yoke Jeans

With any new denim trend, we’re always a little hesitant because…shoes. Do our existing shoes & boots work, or are we going to run into nothing but problems? Well. Don’t consider this our last word on styling yoke jeans, but after perusing the internets for inspo, here’s how we’re getting started….

1. Style Front Yoke Jeans For Spring, With Mules

We love what these yoke jeans do for basics like a button-down shirt. Tuck it in, and add a pair of mules for a look that might even work for Casual Friday at the office.

Those new jeans — the 1s w/ the v-shape accentuating a high waist? They're front yoke...a retro trend we're kinda lovin' right now. Here are 4 ways to style 'em.

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2. Dress ‘Em Up

The slight tomboyish vibe of these carpenter yoke jeans is so freaking good with stiletto booties and a pretty top….but any of the front yoke jeans would work with this killer boots + feminine blouse combo.

Those new jeans — the 1s w/ the v-shape accentuating a high waist? They're front yoke...a retro trend we're kinda lovin' right now. Here are 4 ways to style 'em.

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3. Classic White Tee, Upgraded

We’re wearing lots of white tees over here at TME. And finding another way to make them interesting (with denim, no less) is a total win. Appreciate that the yoke jeans look good with a half-tuck too, if the full tuck isn’t your thing.

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4. Keep it Cozy

Probably the most simple, everyday yoke jeans with the medium wash and slim-fit. The perfect color denim for a pop of red and brown booties.

Those new jeans — the 1s w/ the v-shape accentuating a high waist? They're front yoke...a retro trend we're kinda lovin' right now. Here are 4 ways to style 'em.

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-Danielle

11 COMMENTS

  1. I have come to the recent conclusion that I hate the jeans right now. High waisted and thick cotton, so you feel like you’re going to barf when you sit down, cropped at the ankle so you’re both cold AND instantly four inches shorter. Bulky in the crotch to give you a mommy pouch even when you’ve never had kids. Like, our jeans today are going to be tomorrow’s new SNL skit. Honestly after trying various forms of these jeans for the last six months, I’m going to sit back, relax (in my mid-rise stretch skinnies that go all the way down to my warm ankles) and wait this one out. I’m old enough to have earned being unfashionable. I will still read all these articles, though. Let’s see these how to work these jeans, ladies. LET THE GAMES BEGIN.

  2. Gonna stick with my mid rise slim boyfriend jeans, my skinnies, and some others I have purchased over the past few years after reading this blog. Crops are okay with me, but I am with you, Marie

  3. I am with Marie as well! These are just so, so bad….and I say that as someone who lived through the era when they were on trend….and happily left them there.

  4. Agree with all of the above. Didn’t even like this trend the first time around. I don’t see this one catching on but who knows, we’re wearing jeans without elastin again, who would ever had imagined that? #slavetofashion

  5. KTinBk- I had to google fupa. Ugh! Yes I agree let’s NOT call attention to that area if possible. And I also agree with the earlier poster on the cold ankle thing – flared cropped makes me feel like I’m in middle school and going to be teased for wearing “high waters.” Love the blog though…keep the recc’s coming but I will sit this trend out too, thank you! 🙂

  6. Amen sisters! I hated this look the first time around. Not all trends are for everyone, thank goodness. But I do enjoy seeing the teenage girls in our neighborhood and my son’s girlfriend wear these looks. And yep, generally anything a 15-year old looks cute.

    I have to tell you that I wore an older (as in 10 years) pair of lower rise (NOT low rise per se, but below bellyb) white flares to lunch recently and both 20-something hostesses FLIPPED over them and asked where I got them. What goes around come around people.

  7. Do ya’ll remember Girbaud jeans–80s/early 90s! I wore them to death then and it’s so funny that the double yolk is back….I however will be clinging to my mid rise skinnies and boyfriend jeans for dear life.

  8. I love the high rise trend because I’m tall and have a naturally high waist. I finally feel like jeans fit me properly! Mid rise and low rise just contribute to muffin top and constantly having to pull up falling jeans.
    The double yoke is intriguing because structurally it should help hold in the lower abdomen. I’ll definitely be trying them.
    But I’m with everyone else about non-stretch and cropped jeans being uncomfortable and leg shortening. I’ll be happy then those trends are gone. But I’ll be wearing my ultra high rise jeans as long as possible!

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