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Gender AssociationPlay
Often associated with women, but it's important not to assume gender in conversations. SlideAnyone can carry a handbag if they choose to.
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Cultural VariancePlay
The word can also refer to similar items used by men, varying by culture. SlideIn some places, a man's handbag is called a 'man bag'.
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Accessory StatusPlay
Can be a fashion statement, with brand and materials being significant. SlideHer designer handbag was the envy of her friends.