Here are two body types that I associate with older women. The one on the left is more common, with a heavy chest, expanding abdomen, and large high hip. She has cinched her dress in so that she still has a waist line, but it is not where her waist used to be. In many commentaries, you will hear this referred to as a “matronly figure.” The woman on the right has a less common figure type, but also one that I see in old photos. She has lost (or maybe never had) a curvy shape and doesn’t seem to have a defined waistline at all.
Both women (sisters? best friends? neighbors?) wear belted dresses. If I use the classification from the Ohio study, the dress on the right looks like a house dress, while the one on the left is a little fancier wash dress. If it hadn’t had a hand written date on the back, I would not have guessed that the photo was from the 1960s. One thing is certain—the belted style isn’t doing either of their figures any favors.