The right fit at Isadora's in Armory

Isadora's Fine Lingerie offers much more than authentic French lace and high fashion styling.

What more is there?

The right fit says proprietress Irene Callisto.

"So many people are so taken in by marketing -- but so much of that stuff is not made for real women but for mannequins," said Kayla Nolan, a customer at Isadora's Fine Lingerie.

What does Callisto think of the goods at what's-her-name's-secret?

"It's mass produced, which means ill fitting. I bend over backwards to get the right fit in undergarments for my customers," she said. "Girls who are size 30 with an F cup, come in wearing size 36 D all the time."

But not for long, as Callisto knows how important properly fitted undergarments are for one's overall look.

Many of Isadora's lines are European, as this is what they are known for and, "When it comes to lingerie they don't fool around," Irene said.

Especially for Valentine's Day, she brought in two new lines from England, "Playful Promise" and "Naughty Nickers."

Anna Hoffmann recently modeled Isadora's lingerie at a fashion show at the Corinthian Club. "If I had a valentine -- I'd love the red silk gown that I modeled for Isadora's at the Corinthian Club Fashion show," Hoffmann hinted.

"Don't do it for Valentine's Day or your birthday or just your wedding day," Nolan said, "Do it because it's Monday."

Experience makes the fit better

Isadora's, at 191 Walton Street in Armory Square, is Callisto's third lingerie shop in more than a quarter of a century. Originally from Camillus, she opened her first shop on the commons in Ithaca.

Actually, it all started with a Hanky Panky G-string. She was out with her, then husband, looking for a simple camisole. He just didn't have his heart in the outing, until they walked by a window with a simple white lacey G-string; then suddenly no amount of money was too much. She opened her first shop and never looked back.

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