Eva Mendes

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Nothing like a red carpet throwback!

It turns out that Eva Mendes is not only a master of wearing sweatpants, she has an eye for a chic bargain buy, too: The actress shared a photo of her first-ever red carpet premiere (for the film The Others in 2001) on Instagram, and get this—Eva sported a $6 white shirtdress from Goodwill.

"The debut of my latest @nyandcompany collection has me throwing back to my first red carpet. I did my own hair and make up and that's a $6 dress from Goodwill. I've always loved a cheap find. Viva thrift shops! #tbt," she wrote alongside the vintage snap.

First, we need to note that this look is a bargain-buy win: The dress features a simple, classic silhouette, crisp white color and just-above-the-knee cut, something we might have in our closets, like, now in 2015. (We might go without the patent-leather clogs and orange carry-all, but hey, it was the early 2000s).

Eva Mendes

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The hot mama recently celebrated her 41st birthday with longtime-love Ryan Gosling: The parents left 6-month-old Esmeralda at home for a night out at the Moonlight Rollerway in Glendale, California. Eva was spotted leaving the party with flowers, gift bags and (of course) a massive smile.

Eva Mendes, Ryan Gosling

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But no word yet on if her chic birthday suit onesie was as much of a style-steal as that first premiere frock!

What do you think of Eva's $6 look?

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