In my opinion 3/4-inch braces are too wide in solid colors, I really like vintage striped ones in 3/4-inch though. I think I saw you post earlier you're in Baltimore? I live near Baltimore (Edgewood, there is nothing here, it's out in Harford County) but don't get out enough to the Soul Club or shows at all, I should be getting pretty active in the scene as soon as I get my car situation worked out though.
I flip flop with the 3/4 inch braces. Being 6'4" and 230# (on my way down to 215#!), the 1/2" onces often look TOO thin, but sometimes the 3/4" ones look too wide. I hate being this size sometimes; the coolest clothes/accessories just don't work on me sometimes and it's infuriating.
Yeah, I'm in Baltimore (and you have my condolences living in Edgewood!) and I also don't get out to the Soul Club that often, mostly because something always comes up that night that needs my attention elsewhere.