We all have long-forgotten clothes gathering dust at the back of the wardrobe.
But new technology could see the end of that, with the garments themselves giving owners a gentle reminder of their existence.
'Smart clothes' could help us clear out our drawers by sending messages or tweeting us if they haven't been worn in a while.
If these alerts are ignored, the garments will get in touch with a clothing charity and ask to be recycled, with an organisation automatically sending out donation information. They could also be programmed to put themselves up for auction on eBay.
As a society, we own four times as many clothes as we did 20 years ago, but regularly only wear about 20 percent of them.
Academics at Birmingham City University are developing the 'connected wardrobe' to encourage more ethical clothes consumption.
The concept sees garments tagged using washable contactless technology, known as radio-frequency identification.
Mark Brill, senior lecturer at Birmingham City, said: 'Think of the surprise when an owner suddenly receives bids for items they didn't know were in their wardrobe.
伯明翰城市大学的高级讲师马克 布瑞尔表示：“当主人突然收到闲置衣服的拍卖通知时，想想看他们会有多惊讶吧。”'The connected wardrobe is a practical, engaging concept to encourage people to think about their clothing consumption. Ultimately, I hope it will encourage more ethical fashion consumption.'
He added: 'Perhaps we can even move away from the idea of 'ownership' of clothing. When we've worn them enough, the items will pass themselves on to their next keeper to wear.'
It follows in the footsteps of the 'Internet of Things' – a concept that sees ordinary household items connecting to the internet in order to share information.
From adjusting your alarm clock to monitoring the temperature of your home, the internet is changing the way we live.
Now, the 'Internet of Clothes' will see that neglected garments will tweet and text the owners 'asking' to be worn depending on the weather and frequency of wear.
Clothes will keep track of other information such as who owned it previously, as well as how much it originally cost, who made it and how much the worker was paid for it.
British shoppers buy 2.15 million tonnes of clothing and shoes annually, yet UK citizens have an estimated ￡30 billion worth of unused clothing sitting in their wardrobes.