Saturday, September 27, 2008

Three Types of Dress Up Games

There are three major types of dress up games available, although you might only be familiar with two.

Online dress up games. The most popular dress up game for those who are able to hop on and navigate the web, online dress up games let you play hundreds of different characters in a variety of fashions. You choose a game, dress up a doll, and send her off to your friends. It’s a very fashionable way to play these days.

Dress up games with dolls. Of course, you can also play dress up game with your favorite dolls – Bratz, Barbie and Polly Pocket. To do this, you simply pull out your box of dolls and start assembling outfits from the tiny wardrobe you already own. Dress up your doll and then take her for a ride in your plastic Hummer or Beetle. Good times!

Paper doll dress up games. If you ask your mother, she might remember playing with paper dolls when she was growing up. These dolls were found in books and you had to carefully cut out the doll bases and then the clothing for each. You dressed the dolls by folding tabs around the doll base to hold items in place. While some paper dolls had the latest fashions, others were period pieces or famous individuals. You could actually learn a lot from paper dolls.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Dress Up Games Never Get Old

There are some games that start to drag after awhile. You realize that level forty might be forty levels higher than you really ever needed to go in a particular character or that making it to level fifty is probably not worth the effort. While this is certainly true for some game, dress up games never grow old.

Long Lasting Dress Up Games
If you take a look back in time, you’ll see that dress up games have been popular for the last fifty or sixty years. In fact, if you keep looking back and squint, you’ll find that paper dolls were popular even hundreds of years ago. Why do the dress up games keep coming back and never die?

Because they are so much fun, of course!

Dress up games are built the same way no matter what form they take. You might play with paper dolls, online dress up games or your Bratz or Barbie games, but they are all the same in principle. You grab some of the fashions you like and use them to dress a doll. Then you have a creation you can use for any purpose you desire. When you get tired of one, simply create another and you’re off again.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Dress Up Games: Going Formal

On a rainy afternoon, there is no better way to kill time in a fun way than to enjoy dress up games. Grab a friend and a camera and head to the mall. Pick a major department store that sells formals for teens for your game. You want to use a department store simply because it’s less likely you’ll run into a confused sales clerk when you try on a bunch of dresses without ever buying one.

Once you pick your store, head through the formals with your friend picking out your favorites. Pick out one or two that you really think are horrible as well since that makes the games more fun. One by one, try on the formals. When both of you are dressed, critique the outfits as if you were planning to buy one for a major dance or event. Then snap a picture.

At the end of the day, take your camera home and download the pics. You can then print some out and make a collage of your special day with your friend. A photo collage of formals is also a fun way to finish up a day of fun and rather naughty dress up games.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Dress Up Games: The Dress Up Box

Growing up, I enjoyed dress up games in a very special way. My sisters and I shared a dress up box full of clothing that had been collected over the years by our mother. Inside the box were old formals, various dresses, shoes, purses and even a terrific old hat. Any time we put on the clothes from a few decades ago, we were reminded of how much fashion changes over the years. We certainly wouldn’t’ wear those clothes in real life – and they were only ten or fifteen years old and still completely outdated.

In a similar fashion, online dress up game create a dress up box in much the same way. In the vast majority of cases, designers don’t update the original models of the games. Instead they create new ones to reflect the more current styles. This means that over the years older games get left behind, but are still very visible on gaming websites and such.

Someday you’ll be online playing the latest versions of dress up games and stumble upon a link to an older version of the same game. You’ll marvel at the clothing styles the dolls are wearing and then wonder why in the world you ever wore that – it’s just the nature of fashion.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

What’s New with Dress Up Games

In the world of dress up games there is always something new. It might be a new doll base or a new line of clothing, but when you decide to play a dress up game, you can certainly go back to the one you usually use, or you can play a dress up game that you’ve never seen before – simply by doing a brief search.

Dress up games are updated constantly. New versions of games are being updated and as games are created, they are brought online almost instantly. Thanks to the rapid creation of these dolls and games, you can play a dress up game with red carpet fashion within a day or two of the actual red carpet events.

Likewise, dress up games seek out the most popular stars and musicians today and include those individuals and groups in the already huge collection of dress up games. While it’s unlikely that you would find something totally unheard of, everything is new once, so always be on the lookout for new versions of your favorite games and stay aware – there might actually be the next big thing coming soon, and you’ll be the first to know about it.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sisters – Your Best Tool for Dress Up Games

Happen to love dress up games but always searching for a new way to play? Why not use the best tool you have available? Your sister!

Sisters are built in playmates and if you’re the older sister, it’s pretty easy to coerce your younger sister into playing whatever game you want – she really just wants to play with you, so she’s flexible. Hopefully she’s the fashion type or at least a good sport so you can play dress up games in your house, not just on the computer.

To play a dress up game in your home, you work your fashion magic in almost exactly the same way. Pick out a selection of clothing and then decide what looks good together and what outfits are better left alone. Using your sister as your mannequin, you can have her model different looks so you can see how two or three pieces would work together without trying to strain and see your back half in the mirror.

If you’re an especially nice older sister, you might even allow you younger sister a chance to use your makeup so that her dress up experience is entirely complete.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

How to Find New Dress Up Games

If you’re tired of your old dress up games, you surely realize that it’s not the activity getting old, it’s just the versions of dress up games that you’ve been playing. There are hundreds if not thousands of dress up games available online – you just need to find them.

Ask Your Friends
If you have friends that like to play dress up games, ask them for a few of their favorite websites. Browse through their favorites to see what you find that is new and exciting – be sure to share some of your own as well.

Search Online
You can check the search engines for new websites or just click through one site to another usually through links and postings on the site or game. Explore as much as you want until you find a hidden stash of new games you haven’t played before.

Expand Your World
If you’re just playing English dress up games you’re out of luck. You should be playing games from all over the world. The words might be different, but the game is the same. And games from other countries might have truly exciting fashion finds you can’t find on games from home.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Three Ways to Improve Your Dress Up Games

Dress up games are fun, but there are ways to make them even better. If you’re looking for ways to improve your dress up games, it’s easy to find ideas for new things to try.

Play with Purpose
If you’ve been having fun putting dolls and outfits together, try pulling dolls together with a purpose. You might use the dolls as part of a contest or as an illustration for a story. There are tons of ways you can work with a goal in mind.

Play Together
Everything’s more fun with a friend, so grab one of yours and introduce her to the world of online dress up games. She might even be willing to have a contest or fashion show together. Either way, just having someone to sit down with will make things more fun. Remember that you can also send your doll creations via email or chat, so you don’t even have to be in the same country to play together.

Find New Avenues
If you’ve been playing the same old types of dress up games, it’s time to expand your horizons. Have you tried celebrity games or even dressing up guys? You can dress up your favorite bands and celebrities – don’t limit yourself to the more generic options.