Saturday, June 27, 2009
I’m a big fan of cleaning out the closet to find the different outfits I can play with and try on. But even a clothing enthusiast like me must admit that the best dress up games are online. When you play dress up games at home, you’re limited by the clothing in your closet and possibly your mom’s closet. But when you play online, you have thousands of different dress up games to choose from.
Having thousands of different games means you’re not latched into a particular style or gaming idea. You can play a different style of game every night of the week and never run out of options. The sheer volume of dress up games is almost overwhelming. Until you’ve given at least a fair sample of them a try, you’ll never know what you’re missing.
Online dress up games have an added benefit. You can share them with friends. Save the images when you’ve completed a doll and send it on to a friend to show her what you plan to wear, what you need to buy or just for fun. She might just get into the spirit of the game and send you back something of her own creation.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
If you love dress up games as much as I do, you likely already know the secrets of how to make the games even more enjoyable than a few pretty dresses and plastic high heeled shoes. But if you don’t happen to play the dress up games often enough to be in on a few secrets, I’ll gladly share them with you.
The best dress up games are online. If you’ve been playing dress up games at home and having a great time rummaging through your closet to find new outfits, you’re having fun. But when you go online and see the hundreds, or possibly thousands of dress up games out there, the fun multiplies substantially.
When you play dress up games, it’s also important to try out as many different kinds of games as you can. There are dozens of different styles of games and within each style category, you can find hundreds of individual games. This means you can spend weeks, months even years playing dress up games and never play the same game twice. Be adventuresome and seek out something new.
Share the games. It’s also great to share the games you’re playing with friends. Send over the finished creations or have a contest of some kind to test your skills with dress up games. Even just sitting down together and designing dolls can be great fun.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Many parents fail to understand that dress up games aren’t just something that four-year-olds play. Teens love to play dress up games, too and when you play dress up games as a teen there are more rules, but just as much fun. As a teen playing dress up, you can’t get away with wearing fairy wings and cowboy boots through the grocery store, but you can still spend hours putting together new styles of outfits to try.
You can work in your own closet, which your parents will likely understand. Playing with clothing you already own is simple enough. Try new varieties of the clothing you already wear to see if you can make something click in a new way. When you run out of options in your own clothing, take yourself to the mall and find some new pieces to try.
If you come home with pieces your parents find unusual, you might be in for a bit of a discussion, but hopefully they will be okay with you trying new things. If you simply can’t get them to bend on the style of clothing you wear around the house, you can also play dress up games online and practice creating your own styles on the internet where you parents simply can’t protest overly.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Dress up games come in many flavors and varieties. Here are a few of my favorites.
Celebrity dress up games are fun because there are always new celebrities to dress up and the doll makers out there do a good job staying up with the trends. Look for celebrity dress up games for favorite singers as well as favorite actors. Sometimes you can even find websites and dress up games dedicated to a full band rather than just a single celebrity.
Punk dress up games are universally appealing, but not because we’re all into punk clothing. Instead, I think that we all have a bit of a punk edge to our lives and our personalities. By dressing up a punk dress up doll, we’re exploring that side of our personality to see if it’s going to come through.
Wedding dress up games are romantic and fun. I’m a bit of a romantic at heart, so playing wedding games is fun just because you can pretend you’re doing this dress design for real as opposed to just for fun on a rainy afternoon. Wedding games also let you create the most beautiful princess gowns as well.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
As much as I love dress up games, there is something to be said for fixing them up a bit to make them even more wonderful. In fact, I have a few ideas I’ve been stewing on for some time to fix up dress up games.
Sell dress up clothing in larger sizes. Often, by the time you’re really interested in becoming a princess, there simply isn’t a princess option available. I’d like to see a toy store with dress up clothing and accessories for women of all ages, not just girls of four or five.
Create a directory of dress up games. It would be much easier to see what was new and different by creating a website dedicated to dress up games. The more dress up games that come online, the better the directory would be. You’d be able to find new things to do with a few simple clicks.
Create a broader range of dress up games. I’d love to see more niche specific dress up games. There are so many different options available, and I think there should be more of the specific dress up ideas. Bathing suit dress up games, for example. Or simply a method for girls to try on the latest styles from certain designers.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Dress up games are lovely, but that’s not to say there aren’t occasional problems with the games either online or off. As much as I love dress up games, it’s easy to see some areas that might need a bit of special attention.
Dress up games aren’t widespread. I think every girl should be playing dress up games both at home and online. After all, we all played dress up games when we were children growing up, but things stopped after a time. I think bringing dress up games back into focus would be a great thing for everyone.
Dress up games aren’t centralized. If you want to play dozens of different kinds of dress up games, you have to go multiple places to do it. It’s a shame there is not a directory available that lists all of the various girl games and dress up games available online.
Dress up games are too time consuming. It’s more a personal problem, but when I sit down to play dress up games, I seem to find myself enamored and playing for hours on end. This can’t be good for my homework situation or waistline, but at least while I play I’m using my mind.
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Dress up games are terrific, but dress up games can be expensive. If you’re buying new items to make complete outfits, or even if you’re just buying a few accessories, the price can easily add up. Playing dress up games on a budget is simple enough, however if you know what you’re doing and where you’re going.
Start your games in resale shops. Often you can buy entire outfits for less than ten dollars and accessories are less than a dollar. Browse through the racks of clothing to see what is available and when you find a treasure grab it right away to use later.
A garage sale is another terrific place to find bargains. Garage sales often have clothing in just a single size, but if you happen to be that size you’ll be in luck. Garage sale pieces are even less expensive than items you’ll find in a resale shop or a flea market, but they can be harder to find in your current size.
Flea markets have a nice range of inexpensive, often distinct clothing. Flea market bargains can be a huge range of styles and sizes, but you might have to pick and browse to find real treasures.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Dress up games are a great way to relax and have fun online. The best things about dress up games, however, might not be what you’re considering at first glance.
Dress up games inspire creativity. Creative thinking is lost in many adults, so as children grow, often you’re losing out on the creativity that you loved and enjoyed throughout most of your childhood. By playing dress up games, you’ll be able to tap back into the creativity that makes up your most interesting fantasies.
Dress up games challenge you. Challenge is healthy, and learning to work in new ways and to create new things is the kind of challenge you need to keep your brain active and in gear. Challenge yourself on a regular basis by creating new designs and styles.
Dress up games are socially satisfying. When you play dress up games, you can share them with others through the website or through other media outlets. Email creations to your friends to let them see the sorts of things you’ve made and have fun showing off.