Indeed. There's another photo somewhere of ed with multicolored tartans, navy blazer and gray wool tie which is great. I like the look and have a couple pair, but I've relegated them to winter holiday festivities. I get a lot of "nice pants" comments (both sarcastic and genuine) whenever I wear them, and I'm not always in the mood for that.
I'm not really keen on the subtle plaid odd pants. They always look to be orphaned from a suit to me.