I have an absolute favorite dress up game
, but you wonít find it among the various games here. My favorite game is a real life dress up game. You can play alone, but itís always more fun to play with a friend. Hereís how:
Head to the mall, consignment shop or anywhere that has a huge variety of clothing and nobody to shoo you away. Iím partial to formals, so I always opted for the big formal section in many department stores, but you can play with any kind of clothing.
Drag your friend along and start picking out dresses (or other items) in your size. Youíre not actually buying anything today, youíre just playing dress up, so cut loose. Try on the dress your mother would never approve of. Grab the one your father canít afford. Slink into something made for a woman twice your age and finally, be sure to get the most horrible looking gown you can find.
Playing Dress Up
Once you have a tremendous stack of clothing, head into the fitting room to try them on. If youíre playing by yourself, you can take your time trying them on one by one. As you try them on, have fun with your initial reflection, and then take some time to look and see what actually looks good about the dress Ė it might give you clues for future gowns. For example, if you realize that tight skirts make your hips look huge, have fun swishing around in one now, but opt for something else when itís the real deal.
Playing With a Friend
When you bring a friend or two along, things get much more fun. In fact, Iíve been known to have so much fun with a friend weíve raised a few disproving eyebrows, so be very careful to have your fun quietly to avoid the wrath of the sales lady.
Your friend should have her own stack of dresses and you have two options for trying them on. The first is to grab the huge dressing room and go in together. I should mention that you should check to be sure nobody in a wheelchair or with a stroller who might need that room is shopping as well, but if youíre in the clear, head into the huge room together and start dressing.
Itís more fun to turn your backs and then whip around to show each other the completed ensemble than to just get dressed like a locker room. The only problem with sharing a dressing room is you might be a bit shy about slinking in and out of some of the dresses that donít need much underneath. If youíre shy you might prefer separate rooms with a big unveiling each time.
Another advantage of using two different dressing rooms is that you have the option to discard a dress that doesnít fit without an audience. Itís frustrating when you try to pull something on only to have it fall off or not make it over your backside, so if youíre in your own room, you might be able to laugh it off to yourself, put it aside and pull on something else quickly.
The Photo Finish
Iím a firm believer that friendship should be documented with plenty of pictures. This is a great time to take a picture. Take some of your friend in various dresses Ė including the horrible one, and sheíll return the favor. Iíve even lucked out before and another lady offered to take our picture together in matching dresses (I think she thought we were going to be bridesmaids.) I still have that picture framed as a souvenir of a great day.