Originally Posted by downeasta
Thanks, I should have specified.
I'm somewhere between ripped/lean and pudgy. My arms and legs have very little fat on them and are reasonably muscular. My stomach and chest, however, have a bit of excess flab (maybe 3-5lbs total), enough to obscure the bottom of my 6-pack. I am quite physically active, though my problem area (with regards to bulking up) has always been my chest/shoulders.
And yes, I'd definitely consider myself gangly, haha.
In that case, avoid skin-tight shirts. They'll make your arms look even ganglier, and your trunk comparatively sausage-like (as the fellow earlier in this thread unwittingly demonstrates). Some amount of fullness in the cut of your shirt isn't a bad thing, so long as you're not swimming in it. Same with the pants. If you're long-legged -- I have the same problem -- avoid high-rise and no-break pants. You'll want a slightly lower rise (though not low enough for your belly to pudge out over the waistband) and a 1/2 to 1 inch trouser break. Jackets should have a very slightly built shoulder, a full but fitted chest, and a fair amount of waist suppression.
Generally speaking, and perhaps counterintuitively, too-tight is a worse enemy to your body type than too-loose, though you'll want to avoid either extreme.
Given what you're saying about your body: consider a more aggressive cardio portion of your workout. And watch your diet. Bulking up isn't your problem right now; you should be cutting. Since you gain weight in your torso more easily than in your limbs (and this is a fairly typical male problem), attempting to bulk up is only going to exacerbate your issues with disproportionate-looking midsection and arms/legs.