Originally Posted by polar-lemon
+1 One of the most annoying things it to flip through a GQ spread and read what the guy is wearing. Sometimes it will be "Suit, $200 from H&M, shirt, $850 from Armani, shoes, $1600 from Dolce and Gabanna, and Tie, $45 from J. Crew" and it just leaves you thinking that no one who wore an H&M suit would go buy an Armani shirt for 4x the price. They obviously just combine random shit that the fashion houses give them.
True. Also, the models are usually way too young to even be able to afford any of it in the first place, unless they are spending daddys money (doubtful), and even if they get the money, they still have nowhere to go in these clothes. If a person is just learning though, they can still use the photos as a study to match colours and textures with what they may have or they can buy something affordable and tweak the ideas to achieve the same effect. 99% of people on the street won't know the difference.
It would be wise for those mags to give more helpful tips. 2 years ago there was a good spread about clothes for different body types. That was just great.