I’m guessing the photographer, Marjorie Collins, chose this particular composition for the contrast in textiles. Or maybe it was for evidence of just what women were willing to take off on a hot day—with shoes, stockings and jackets strewn in the foreground.
But for me Collin’s photo clearly illustrates a big body change that comes with aging. Not only do many women get a menopot, a rounded belly where they didn’t have one before. They also often experience a rising hip line, sometimes making the high hip even wider than the lower hip. Is there an official name for this? I simply call it the “hip shelf.”
And I certainly have one. Right now I’m taking part in an online class to make a custom skirt block, so I’ve been taking lots of measurements. While I still have somewhat of a waist, my high hip juts out almost immediately below it, as you can see on the first (and quite imperfect) block draft. I’ll bet I could balance a book on that shelf.