In most cases dressing up games are directed towards girls, and simulate the experience of dressing up and looking lovely! These games are usually fairly simple, with a fair amount of combinations of hair styles, clothes, and make up for the user to experiment with.
The link below shows a simple dress up game. It’s laid out in a fairly straight forward way, showing options through small icons, arranged in the order of priority, staring with the characters physical attributes and moving down towards more optional things like accessories and even the scent of her perfume!
The one showed above is a very general example of a dressing up game, but many of them take the route of allowing the player to work on a more specific character type, the example I’ve shown below is a dress up game with a weirdly specific theme.
A big thing that really set this game apart were the bonus features hidden in the background. Rather than having a dedicated function to change the background you have instead to find items in the background to alter it instead, for example, there is a hidden light switch in the stage which turns the environment from day to night.
I saved the most advanced of the gamess to last, I am unlikely to be able to build something as extensive as this.
this one had a few really notable mechanics, like the ability to manually apply make up with the mouse, giving the game a more skill based angle, as players precisely apply make up where they want it, rather than it automatically being applied.
I posted this one earlier, but felt it had to be commented on in more detail. This game is also very advanced, even giving the player to move and pose their characters at will, and even save codes so they can come back and work on an existing design later. This game shows that a dress up game doesn’t even have to focus on a human character in order to be enjoyable.
Each game also comes with the ability to save a picture of your customized character for future enjoyment!