A RECOMMENDATION ON “AUTHENTIC” APPEARANCE
Now I am of the opinion that everything was new once, that keeping everything looking immaculately new is farby, that artificially distressing an item is just as farby, and that with regular use all items of kit acquire a patina of (duh) use. I have a helmet that looks old and used (okay, I may have gone a bit overboard there), and I have a linen under-tunic that is now mostly patches.
This article concentrates on an era several centuries past my own, but it speaks very succinctly and very expertly on a subject I have spoken on before and better in many cases than I have. I greatly enjoyed reading this article and recommend that you read it as well, especially if you do an impression of everyday people: On Getting That Authentic Look.