I don’t remember exactly where I discovered Emily Hsu leggings but as soon as I saw this mermaid print, I was sold! Emily Hsu used to be a professional broadway dancer and actress and decided to start her own activewear line as a means of expression. And, her leggings sure are expressive!


On the Emily Hsu Designs website, you’ll find all kinds of shimmery and sparkly leggings and sports bras to match whatever mood you’re in. Emily Hsu leggings are made with the yogis, dancers, and loungers in mind, so you’ll find a lot of over-the-heel leggings.

I found out that her leggings are “Not recommended for fitness activities.” weeks after I’d bought this pair. Turns out I have Shiny Object Syndrome in the literal sense as well!

Should you get yourself a pair of Emily Hsu Leggings? Here’s my review of the Emily Hsu Taj Mahal legging to help you decide.



Sincerely aActive: Emily Hsu Leggings review

Details: Taj Mahal Legging

  • Size: XS-XL
  • Fabric: 80% Nylon, 20% Spandex
  • Care: Machine wash cold inside out, no tumble drying, no bleaching, no ironing, hang dry or dry flat
  • Features: Moisture-wicking, quick-drying
  • Price: $58

Description: EmilyHsu Taj Mahal Legging

The Taj Mahal Legging is a high waisted full-length printed legging designed for athleisure. The legging fabric is black and foil-printed on the outside only.

On the brand website, the product description for the Taj Mahal legging states that the legging color “may fade with repeated wear and wash because of the foil print, especially if there is constant friction in one area.”

I haven’t worn these leggings long enough to notice any discoloration from wash or wear. I’ve tried scraping the foil print off with my nails, and the glitter doesn’t shed dramatically.

The elastic-free waistband is super high, at about 6.5″ wide, and double-faced for support. The fabric is super thin (think the thickness of a credit card) and stretchy, but the leggings do not sheer when stretched out.

If you’ve seen any of my previous activewear reviews, you’ll find that panty lines and crotch sweat are the banes of my existence.  While the mermaid scale print may distract from VPL, you’ll still need to get the right pair of panties! Opt for seamless underwear for your Emily Hsu leggings but you might be better off going commando in your leggings to avoid panty lines altogether. You should know that the Taj Mahal leggings are not constructed with a gusset so it might be uncomfortable going sans underwear.



 Emily Hsu Designs Legging Sizing Review

For reference, I’m a 26″ waist, 32″ bust (DD cup), and 38″ hip, and US clothing size 4 or 6. I bought the Taj Mahal legging in size S according to the sizing suggestion on the website. The leggings hug every inch of my body from waist to hem and sizing down is not an option for me.



Emily Hsu Taj Mahal Legging Sizing Tip:

Go with your US standard clothing size or your usual legging size. On the brand website, they recommend sizing up if you’re unsure about your size. Emily Hsu leggings usually have atleast 20% spandex, so if you are on the low end of a size range (2,6,10 or 14), you may be able to go one size down for a more compressive fit.

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What I Loved

  1. Print: The shimmery mermaid print is absolutely gorgeous.
  2. Fit: The fit of the Taj Mahal legging is almost perfect. The fabric lies sleekly on your body and looks like a shiny second skin.

What I’d Improve

  1. Gusset: Gussets make leggings fit more naturally around the crotch and these leggings are not constructed with one.

Should You Buy Emily Hsu Mermaid Leggings?

  • Great for yoga, running errands, and lounging.
  • Perfect for athleisure styling.
  • Good for the frugal active chick.

How To Care For Your Emily Hsu Leggings

Avoid excess heat from washing in hot water, tumble-drying or ironing as this can affect the strength of the fibers and degrade the fabric features. Instead, wash your Emily Hsu leggings inside out in cold water, and use a drying rack or opt for a low-heat tumble-dry setting.

Place your Taj Mahal leggings in a mesh bag before throwing them in the washer. This will ensure that the thin fabric doesn’t get snagged by parts from other clothing.

Since the fabric is printed, be careful to avoid friction against rough surfaces while wearing your leggings.

Air out your Emily Hsu leggings before your next laundry day to prevent the odor-causing bacteria from ruining your activewear fabric. Follow these steps to keep your workout clothes in pristine condition!

Where To Get Emily Hsu Taj Mahal Leggings

You can find the Taj Mahal leggings and other sparkly leggings at the brand’s website as well as:

  1. Amazon
  2. EvolveFitWear

Courtesy @Emily Hsu Designs

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